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Daily Media Briefing: 24 October 2012

Good Morning from the Church of England Communications Office

Tomorrow: Crispin and Crispinian, martyrs, c.287


Women Bishops: Enough Waiting - The Bishop of Chelmsford's message to General Synod

Joining the Archbishop in his campaign to support the current legislation for women bishops, the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, urges us to remember that we are all 'one person in Jesus Christ'. For further information, go to:

Women Bishops: Enough Waiting - Rebecca Swinson's message to General Synod

In a video message for the Archbishop's campaign to support the current legislation for women bishops, Rebecca Swinson - the youngest-ever member of Archbishops' Council - outlines why she wants to see the legislation for women bishops passed at this November's Synod. For further information, go to:

2.  Today's press coverage

Daily Mail p15
Sandra Parsons comments on the themes of recent stories inspired by CHP's Church Weddings Handbook.

Independent p3 (p16 some editions)
Report that the Church House Conference Centre is the venue for a conference hosted by the Royal United Services security think tank, to discuss "the future of air power"; includes a comment from the Archbishops' Council's Director of Communications.

Daily Express p15
Report that "a church [at Thornton, near Bradford] where the Bronte sisters were baptised and worshipped as young girls has been desecrated by thieves".

Daily Mail website
Report that a group of "mainly Roman Catholic" senior doctors "condemned the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway as a medical treatment that hastens the death of patients".

Daily Star p27
Picture story focusing on actor Ray Winstone, who is starring in forthcoming "biblical epic Noah".


Daily Mail p52
Bob Burgess of Chester on "being a leader" with brief advice for the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

Times p27
Francis Barnard of Sevenhampton, Gloucestershire, on the "limited support from the British Government" to "maintain [the CofE's] 42 cathedrals and more than 16,000 churches" compared to the situation in France where many churches are "fully maintained by the government"; and Roy Hamlin of Reading on charging an entrance fee for York Minster.

Daily Digest