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Tuesday
Dec172013

John Tavener 1944-2013

John Tavener

(Staff)  THE COMPOSER of the hauntingly beautiful Song for Athene, which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana, died on Nov. 12th. Sir John Tavener, who was renowned for his sacred music, was aged 69. He was considered the most popular British classical composer of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Tavener had a brief partnership in 1968 with the Beatles when

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Friday
Sep272013

A quarter of Britons have no religion

By Steve Doughty

For The Daily Mail

 

ONE IN FOUR Britons does not identify as a religious believer of any stripe.  The 2011 national census reported that in the past decade the number of Christians fell by 4.1 million to 33.2 million. Of these, only a third attend church outside of weddings, baptisms or funerals.

Christians are increasingly likely to be older or retired people. Many young people, young men in particular, appear to be rejecting

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Friday
Sep272013

Norway: Bible bestseller in secular state

A NEW Norwegian language version of the Scriptures has become a best-seller in Norway.

Officials of the Lutheran Church of Norway say they see the newfound interest in the Bible as proof that it still resonates in a country where only one percent of the 5 million residents regularly attends church. Last year, Parliament unanimously ended the Lutheran church’s status

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Monday
Apr012013

Three-year campaign succeeds: Religious Easter eggs to be sold in most British supermarkets

(Staff) ALL BUT ONE of the major supermarket chains in Britain will be selling a religious Easter egg this spring – the only one to mention Jesus on its packaging – thanks to a three-year campaign lead by Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, voiced alarm in his Easter sermon in 2010 after

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Monday
Apr012013

Canterbury appoints Director of Reconciliation: Deep or irreconcilable differences?

Canon David Porter (Photo: Coventry Cathedral)

(Staff) THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has appointed Canon David Porter to his personal staff as Director for Reconciliation, a new position. But critics wonder if the true meaning of Christian reconciliation is being misunderstood.  
Porter’s initial focus will be on “supporting creative ways for renewing conversations and relationships around deeply held differences within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.”
“David brings a wealth of experience

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