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Daily Media Briefing 16 October 2012

Good Morning from the Church of England Communications Office

Daily Briefing for Tuesday 16th October 2012

Church of England website:       http://www.churchofengland.org

Issued at 08.40 by NC


Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer, bishops, martyrs, 1555
Tomorrow: Ignatius, bishop, martyr, c.107

1.  Fertilisation and embryology services at risk: CofE responds to Department of Health consultation

Proposals to absorb the services of two specialist health watchdogs into the Care Quality Commission to save half a million pounds per year have been criticised by the Mission and Public Affairs (MPA) Council. For further information, see end of briefing or go to:


2.  Emergency pastoral ministry essentials in one pocket-size companion

Clergy perform thousands of emergency pastoral services in the community every year, prompting Church House Publishing to compile the essentials for pastoral ministry in a portable, easy-reference volume. For further information, see end of briefing or go to:


3. Today's press coverage

Guard p29 (letters)
Letter from the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, the Very Revd David Ison, under the headline "St Paul's is moving on - and we hope that Occupy will too".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/15/st-pauls-moving-on-occupy

Even Stand p15
Actor Simon Callow writes under the headline, "Marriage is a promise of love unending. It's my right".

Exp p13
Comment from Virginia Ironside; Women who have late abortions are not monsters.
No online link
Exp p13
Comment from Virginia Ironside;  The man who died and went to heaven, based on reports of neurosurgeon, Eben Alexander.
No on line link

Letters
Times p25 Rt Revd Michael Nazir-Ali, Most Revd Kevin McDonald, Tom Blackburn, Adam Walker, Revd William Taylor
You can't ignore opponents by putting them in the 'God slot'.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article3568996.ece

Tel p23 Nigel Price
Afterlife argument

Ends