Christians gather in London for Night of Prayer

Large groups of Christians across Britain participated in prayer events on Tuesday March 15 as part of an organized Night of Prayer. Members of various Christian organizations gathered at the Emmanuel Christian Centre in Westminster, London to pray for the government, victims of the Japan earthquake, individuals affected by unrest in the Middle East and […]

Police referrals after clergy review

A review commissioned by the Church in Wales of the personnel files of its active and retired clergy has resulted in five police referrals for investigation of child abuse. On March 9, the church released the findings of an 18-month investigation conducted on its behalf by social worker Elaine Cloke of the Children’s Commissioner for […]

Hundreds begin move to the Ordinariate

HUNDREDS of former Anglicans began their journey into the Roman Catholic Church at the beginning of Lent by attending services known as ‘Rites of Election’ to mark the start of a period of catechesis which will culminate in their reception into the Church around Easter. In Southwark 160 laity and clergy took part in a […]

Getting to grips with the idea of Pioneer ministry

Getting to grips with the idea of Pioneer ministry

By Andy Morgan At the time I wondered how I came to be leading a church plant and often thought it was a big accident with a serious of random events. Looking back I can see how God has used my previous employment within regeneration and entrepreneurship together with key people that were needed to […]

Suspended priest launches appeal over dismissal

Suspended priest launches appeal over dismissal

The London priest suspended from office for two years after having been found guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy has filed an appeal to the Court of Arches asking that his conviction be quashed. The Diocese of London confirmed that the Rev David Gilmore had appealed the January 10 finding by the […]

Bishop calls for action on tax havens

Bishop calls for action on tax havens

The Government should use its influence to crack down on tax havens among Britain’s overseas territories, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds has said. Bishop John Packer said that at a time of public spending cuts “no quarter” should be given to companies that try to avoid tax. He pointed to a speech given by […]

Britain’s foreign policy under attack

BRITAIN’S senior Roman Catholic Bishop, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the Archbishop of Edinburgh, has launched a stinging attack on the government’s foreign policy. He argued that aid should be made conditional on commitment to religious freedom. The Cardinal was speaking at the launch of a report on the persecution of Christians by the Catholic Church agency, […]

Lords welcome Bishop to its benches

Lords welcome Bishop to its benches

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich has taken his seat in the House of Lords. Bishop Nigel Stock takes the place of the former Bishop of Lincoln, John Saxbee, who has retired. As he took his oath of allegiance to the Queen, Bishop Stock was flanked by the Bishop of Chester, Peter Forster, and […]

Bishops respond to MPs’ anger over plans to sell-off Church treasures

Bishops respond to MPs’ anger over plans to sell-off Church treasures

The Bishops of Leicester and Chester have defended the Church Commissioners against strong criticism from peers in the House of Lords over plans to sell paintings and properties. Peers from across the Lords combined to call on the Government to consider changing the set-up of the Commissioners so that it is harder to sell historic […]

A challenge to live on £1 a day

Could you live off just £1 a day? To 1.4 billion people around the world it’s a challenge they have no choice about, which is why Christian Aid is asking the public here to see if they can manage a version of it for five days. From May 2 to 6, Christian Aid is aiming […]