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Cathedral attendance statistics enjoy over a decade of growth

Cathedral attendance statistics enjoy over a decade of growthAttendance levels at regular weekly services in Church of England cathedrals have steadily increased by 30% since the turn of millennium, a growth of approximately 3% on average each year, according to the latest statistics.

Consultation opens on the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury

Consultation opens on the appointment of the next Archbishop of CanterburyAnnouncements in the Church Times, Church of England Newspaper and The Times have started the consultation process ahead of consideration by the Crown Nominations Commission as to who will follow Dr Rowan Williams as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sign the e-petition to bring back zero rate VAT on alterations to listed churches

Sign the e-petition to bring back zero rate VAT on alterations to listed churchesThe Church of England has today created an e-petition calling on the Chancellor to bring back zero rate VAT to alternations to the CofE’s 12,500 listed churches. It follows the recent launch of a consultation by HM Revenue & Customs on VAT charging to approved alterations to listed buildings, which closes on 4 May 2012.

Group on human sexuality appoints advisers

Group on human sexuality appoints advisersThe group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling to advise the House of Bishops on the Church of England’s approach to human sexuality has appointed three advisers.

Statement on Budget 2012: VAT to be charged at 20 percent on alterations to listed churches

Statement on Budget 2012: VAT to be charged at 20 percent on alterations to listed churchesUnexpectedly the Chancellor announced in the Budget that from 1 October 2012 approved alterations to listed buildings – which, unlike repairs and maintenance are currently zero-rated - will be charged at the standard rate of 20 percent. This will cost the Church of England up to £20 million per annum.

New start for the English Anglican - Roman Catholic Committee (English ARC)

New start for the English Anglican - Roman Catholic Committee (English ARC)The English group which works for unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics has begun a new stage of its life. Meeting at Canterbury Cathedral in a context of prayer and worship, the members of the newly configured English Anglican –Roman Catholic Committee set in train a programme of work for the next five years.

Cautious welcome for Government action on alcohol pricing

Cautious welcome for Government action on alcohol pricingA coalition of national Churches and charities, including the CofE, has welcomed reports that the Government plans to enforce a minimum unit price on alcohol sales. But the groups warn that a long delay on implementation could cost lives.

Report seeks to protect church schools and sets direction for next decade

Report seeks to protect church schools and sets direction for next decadeChurch schools are at the heart of the nation and should robustly assert their Christian ethos and foundation, according to recommendations included in a groundbreaking report published by the Church of England.

Archbishop of Canterbury to be Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

Archbishop of Canterbury to be Master of Magdalene College, CambridgeArchbishop Rowan Williams has today announced his acceptance of the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge with effect from January 2013. He will therefore be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December 2012.
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