Media Centre

Daily Media Briefing for Christmas period 2012

1.  News from Archbishops of Canterbury and York
Christmas sermons

Archbishop of Canterbury's BBC Radio 4 'Thought for the Day' (Saturday 22 December)

2.  Wednesday December 26
News reports on Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas day sermon
Telegraph p3,Express p8, Sun p2, BBC online, Guardian,  Independent p18, Daily Mail

Times p20/Telegraph
News reports on Bishop of Durham's Christmas sermon

News reports on comments by Archbishop of Westminster in his Christmas sermon on gay marriage
Telegraph p3, Guardian p2/Express p2

Continuing news reports on gay marriage debate with ref to CofE and comments from a High Court judge
Times p1/leader p2, Independent p1, Daily Mail p12, Sun p28

Daily Telegraph p27 (scroll down)
"Waste of Church talent" from Ben Fuller, Easingwold, North Yorkshire with ref to Philip North and Jeffrey John

Weekend highlights
Monday December 24
Daily Mail (City section)
The Archbishop of York writes  about the issue of business ethics. He talks about introducing the Living Wage and rediscovering the Christian Virtue of Hope.

News report "Archbishops of Canterbury and York to tweet sermons" with comment from Rev Arun Arora

Sunday December 23
Various news reports on Bishop of Durham's Christmas message
Sunday Times
News report "Archbishop of Canterbury-designate to tweet church's Christmas sermon"
Sunday Telegraph p6 plus Sun Express p15
"Let's not party too hard, new Primate advises"

Mail on Sunday p38
Dr John Sentamu on "The cocaine addict, the father with a gambling habit - God values us all. Which is why we 'haves' MUST help the 'have-nots''

Sunday Telegraph p19/comment p15
News feature on "Parish pews and cathedral carol services are packed to the brim as we celebrate the season. But many of us forget that the Church of England plays a vital role throughout the year, from propping up our faith to propping up the local pub."

Sunday Telegraph, p.25
News report "Christianity threatened in the Bible lands 

Saturday December 22
Daily Telegraph p2 plus Times p19
News report "Defence cuts are a threat to peace, warns archbishop"

Times p3/p34
News report "Church is racist, says vicar" with ref to interview with Rev Rose Hudson- Wilkin

Daily Telegraph p4
News report "Why Christmas Day will be Christian day on Twitter"

Newspaper Web links with most or all stories -

 Daily Mail   

Daily Mirror



Independent titles




Sunday Mirror

Sunday Times

Telegraph titles



With some stories

Daily Express

Daily Star    

Ev Standard


Church press

Baptist Times

Catholic Herald


Church Times

Methodist Recorder



Other links



Channel 4   

Private Eye  




Daily Digest