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Daily Media Briefing: Friday December 28

The Holy Innocents
Tomorrow: Thomas Becket, archbishop, martyr, 1170

1.  News from CofE
Appointment of Third Church Estates Commissioner

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has announced the appointment of Mr Andrew Mackie to serve as Third Church Estates Commissioner in succession to Timothy Walker.

2. Today's press coverage
Times p2
Leader "Just War" with comment on "Politicians had a surer sense than the bishops of morality in the Falklands conflict"

Times p27
Comment "End this failed marriage of Church and State"

Telegraph p4 (plus Daily news brief p20)
News report "Dean planned Lord's prayer in Spanish" with ref to archives released on Falklands War

Independent p12
Comment "Churches' hostility to gay marriage only underlines their impotence"

Times p16
News report "Chief Rabbi calls for charity spirit"

Independent p5
News report "Tories warn PM that he's splitting party, as leadership speculation mounts" with ref to CofE and gay marriage

Daily Mail p29
News report "Dawkins branded a fundamentalist by expert behind the 'God particle'"

Times p39
News report "Resting place of Protestant 'renegades' is 300-year-old gift of religious tolerance" with ref to the Protestant cemetery in Rome

Wall Street Journal (Europe) p5
News report "Greek Church called upon to do more"

Telegraph p23
"Defending all the faiths" from various with ref to CofE comment in yesterday's news story

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