This week’s edition

We lead this week with the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change, and the subsequent call from the Church of England’s lead bishop on the subject. And also on the front page we report on the election of the Mothers’ Union’s new worldwide President. It is the first time someone not from the UK has been elected to the post.

 

On our news pages we report on the views of the Bishop of St Albans, who believes that gambling adverts on TV are ‘out of control’. Meanwhile charities have responded in anger to proposals from the International Development Secretary to effectively privatise the UK’s aid budget.

 

We report on the retirement of a leading bishop, a new patron for the Fairtrade Foundation and Romania’s referendum same-sex marriage. In international news we report on the split between the Orthodox Churches, but as it is centred in Ukraine, could it have wider international repercussions? And American evangelicals move to distance themselves from President Trump.

 

As we get closer to the centenary of the end of World War One, Alan Storkey asks if the Churches have learned ‘not to do peace’? And we reflect on the current state of relations between Russia and the West.

 

We have a major focus this week on the new book from Lord Harries, a former Bishop of Oxford. ‘Haunted by Christ’ is an examination by him of leading literary figures who have explored elements of the Christian faith. We have an interview with him and Paul Richardson reviews the book.

 

As the Churches mark Prisons Sunday Tom Stacey, who invented the tag monitoring system, writes about the whole subject of prisons in modern society.

 

Andrew Carey writes about Princess Alexandra of Hanover, who has apparently lost her place in the line of succession because she has converted to Catholicism. Is it time to reform this law?

 

And Andrew’s father, Lord Carey, shares his views on the case of wartime Bishop George Bell. Is this a case of a miscarriage of justice?

 

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