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Archbishop's interview on 'Today' programme

Archbishop's interview on 'Today' programmeThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was the guest editor of this morning's BBC Radio Four 'Today' programme. He was interviewed towards the end of the programme.

Advent calendar continues to add visitors

Advent calendar continues to add visitorsAlmost 20,000 visits have been made to the Church of England’s first online Advent calendar since its launch on Advent Sunday.

Parishes follow cathedrals with bigger Christmas congregations

Parishes follow cathedrals with bigger Christmas congregationsParish churches are following the trend set by cathedrals in attracting more Christmas worshippers, according to counts taken in 2005. New figures released today by the Church of England show a six per cent increase in the Church of England’s overall Christmas Eve/Christmas Day congregations last year.

Director of Mission and Public Affairs appointed

Director of Mission and Public Affairs appointedThe Revd Dr Malcolm Brown has been appointed as the next Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, to succeed John Clark when he retires at Easter 2007.

Archbishop's Pause for Thought

Archbishop's Pause for ThoughtThe Archbishop of Canterbury's Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2's Wogan. "Just to complicate Christmas preparations a bit more this year, I’ll be off to Bethlehem on Wednesday with some of my colleagues. We’re planning to be there for a few days just before Christmas, and – with luck – we’ll be back in time for Christmas Eve.

Pilgrims urge prayer for the 'little town of Bethlehem'

Pilgrims urge prayer for the 'little town of Bethlehem'Church leaders in England are asking parish churches and congregations throughout the country to pray for 'the little town of Bethlehem' as they approach the final week of Advent.

Rewiring parish churches for mission – rediscovering old ideas for the New Year

Rewiring parish churches for mission – rediscovering old ideas for the New YearA book published today poses a range of questions to help parish churches as they pledge a ‘mission-shaped New Year’s resolution’ to transform their church and community in 2007.

Reflecting on the future of the parish system

Reflecting on the future of the parish systemThe parish system of the Church of England is examined in a new book published today featuring 12 leading thinkers.

Chief Education Officer appointed

Chief Education Officer appointedThe Revd Janina Ainsworth has been appointed as the next Chief Education Officer for the Church of England in succession to Canon John Hall, who was recently installed as Dean of Westminster Abbey.

Women Bishops Legislative Drafting Group announced

Women Bishops Legislative Drafting Group announcedThe Archbishops' Council has agreed the membership of the legislative drafting group to consider proposals for allowing women to be consecrated as bishops.