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Daily Media Briefing 11 October

Good Morning from the Church of England Communications Office


Daily Briefing for Thursday 11th October 2012 

Issued at 09.15 byNC

Ethelburga, abbess, 675
James the Deacon, companion of Paulinus, 7th cent

Tomorrow: Wilfrid, bishop, missionary, 709
Elizabeth Fry, prison reformer, 1845
Edith Cavell, nurse, 1915

1.  News from Lambeth Palace

Archbishop's address to the Synod of Bishops in Rome

In the first address by an Archbishop of Canterbury to the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Archbishop Rowan Williams spoke about the profound connection between contemplation and the task of evangelisation, saying it "must be rooted in a profound confidence that we have a distinctive human destiny to show and share with the world".


2. News from CofE -Harvest festivals focus on foodbanks

Churches across the country are supporting vital foodbanks for their local communities as part of their traditional harvest festival. Bees* on the roof of St Pancras Church on Euston Road have produced their first combs of honey in time for Sunday's harvest festival (14 Oct) when the church celebrates becoming a collection point for the Camden Food Bank. This central London initiative is part of the national network maintained by the Trussel Trust which supports people referred for emergency food.


3.  Today's press coverage

Tel p9, Times p11

Reports of the speech given by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Roman Catholic Church's Synod of Cardinals.

Mirror p6

Report of the speech given by the Prime Minister at the Conservative conference. The article quotes the Archbishop of York's "attack" on the speech.

No online link

Tel p6, Even Stand p8, Metro p5, ip7, Guard online

Reports of the speech given by Maria Miller Culture secretary in which she told delegates that "being homosexual should be no obstacle to a formal union between two people that is recognized by the state."

Ind p1, Tel p19, I p6

Reports that "claims that abortion laws should be tightened because of medical advances are challenged … by official figures showing no improvement in survival for extremely premature babies."


Times p13

Report on the opening of the first abortion clinic in Northern Ireland.


Tel p2

Short item on the CofE's refusal for a family to have their late father exhumed from a "bleak and dangerous" cemetery to be buried elsewhere besides his wife.


Times (T2) p3

Comment on the Cadbury's purple row, quoting the Bishop of Chelmsford's comment about the company being "precious".


Ind p53

Article reflecting on the legacy of the Occupy London protest, which includes a contribution from the Dean of St Paul's the Very Revd Dr David Ison.


Tel p27, Mail p23

Two reports on Near Death Experience and an experience of the after-life (heaven).

Mail - No online link



Mail p60 Richard Reid

Defender of faith


Ind p16 Angela Elliot, Beverly Thompson

Abortion: women must decide


Mail p61 Geoff Dalley, David Shelton

Is yoga a rival to orthodox Christianity?


Times p29 Rt Revd John Davies

Digital outcasts.


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