2020 news archive

Press releases from January 1st 2020 - December 31st 2020. If you are looking for a press release prior to 2013, please contact the communications team.

  1. Archbishop Justin and Bishop Rose

    Message of hope for Archbishop's first online Midnight Mass


    Archbishop’s to give first online Midnight Mass as parishes register 50,000 services and events on A Church Near You site this month. 

    3 min read
  2. Response to updated coronavirus restrictions


    Following the announcement of fresh restrictions, including a new higher tier, a statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally,

    2 min read
  3. A service of lessons and carols with Christian Aid

    Church of England and Christian Aid share service of lessons and carols with a global vision


    Special service of lessons and carols with participants from around the world issues challenge to stand up for 'righteousness and justice'.

    3 min read
  4. Mining area of land

    Partnership to Support the Global Tailings Standard


    Investors ask all mining companies to confirm support for the implementation of the Global Standard in their operations

    5 min read
  5. Headshots of 6 people involved with the weekly service

    Church of England partners with end of life charity Marie Curie for national online service


    The Church of England’s Worship at Home for the fourth Sunday of Advent reflects on the experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic of those suffering from illness, bereavement and mental health setbacks.

    4 min read
  6. Flowers in foreground, Christmas tree in background blurred

    Patience and goodwill: meeting for Christmas as Covid-safe churches


    During the Christmas period, which would ordinarily see nearly 6 million people attend church buildings, Churches, chapels and cathedrals across the country are adopting a range of measures to allow people to come together as church, either virtually or in person.

    2 min read
  7. Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani

    Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani to be Bishop of Chelmsford


    Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani will be the next Bishop of Chelmsford, Downing Street has announced.

    1 min read
  8. Shell Cropped

    Church of England Pensions Board welcomes oil and gas energy transition commitments


    The Church of England Pensions Board has today welcomed the move by eight leading energy companies to agree collaborative Principles for the energy transition.

    3 min read
  9. The Church of England logo on a laptop.

    House of Bishops Meeting, December 2020 via Zoom


    The House of Bishops met for a scheduled two-day meeting on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December 2020 via Zoom.


    5 min read
  10. A view of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London

    The Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board support investor intervention on human rights in Big Tech


    The Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board, representing £8.7 billion and £2.8 billion assets under management respectively, today joined the Council on Ethics of the Swedish National Pension Funds and other major investors in making clear expectations for Big Tech companies with regards to human rights.

    2 min read