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Prayers in time of war

Prayers in time of warThe Church of England has published a range of prayers suitable for use in churches and in the wider community following military operations in Iraq.

Church prays for speedy resolution of war in Iraq

Church prays for speedy resolution of war in IraqFollowing the outbreak of military action on 20 March 2003, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Tom Butler, Chairman of the Church of England's Community and Public Affairs Unit stated:

Appeal to House of Lords: PCC of Aston Cantlow

Appeal to House of Lords: PCC of Aston CantlowThe appeal by the PCC of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley against the decision of the Court of Appeal in favour of Mr and Mrs Wallbank will be heard in the House of Lords today, Monday 3rd March 2003, and on the following two days.

Church Commissioners nominate next Chief Executive

Church Commissioners nominate next Chief ExecutiveThe Church Commissioners' Board of Governors has nominated Mr Andrew Brown, FRICS, to be the next Secretary (Chief Executive) to the Commissioners. He is at present the Commissioners' Deputy Secretary and Chief Surveyor. His appointment is subject to confirmation at a Special General Meeting of the Commissioners to be held in April 2003. If confirmed, he will succeed Howell Harris Hughes, who retires at the end of June.

Joint statement from Archbishop and Cardinal

Joint statement from Archbishop and CardinalThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor have, following a recent private meeting, issued the following statement about the crisis involving Iraq:

Dean chairs Council for the Care of Churches

Dean chairs Council for the Care of ChurchesThe Very Revd Graeme Knowles, Dean of Carlisle, is to be the next Chairman of the Church of England's Council for the Care of Churches. He will take up office on 1 June 2003, following the retirement of the present Chairman, the Very Revd Raymond Furnell, Dean of York.

Local workshops to address key environmental issues

Local workshops to address key environmental issuesA national series of Workshops hosted by Bishops to help representatives of local communities understand local environmental issues gets underway this spring.

Commissioners' preliminary investment performance figures for 2002

Commissioners' preliminary investment performance figures for 2002The First Church Estates Commissioner, Andreas Whittam Smith, today presented preliminary figures for the Church Commissioners' investment performance in 2002, confirming that the Commissioners performed better than many other similar investment funds in the extremely adverse markets of 2002. "Compared with almost all other funds, these are very good figures", said the First Commissioner.

Church welcomes Government's Licensing Bill amendment

Church welcomes Government's Licensing Bill amendmentThe Church of England has warmly welcomed the Government's tabled amendment to the Licensing Bill which ensures that places of worship will be exempt from the requirements for public entertainment licensing. At the same time the Government proposes to exempt Church and Village Halls from a need to pay licensing fees.

Mental health, cathedral entrance charges, clergy employment and African mission perspectives highlight varied Synod agenda

Mental health, cathedral entrance charges, clergy employment and African mission perspectives highlight varied Synod agendaIn a short but varied agenda, Synod will consider issues of mission, social responsibility, heritage, law and liturgy. The Synod will sit from 2.00pm Monday 24 February to 5.00pm Wednesday 26 February, prior to the Archbishop of Canterbury's enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral on 27 February. The Archbishop will be present on the first day of the Synod.

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