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Daily Digest: Thursday 31st January 2013

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Daily Digest for Thursday 31st January 2013

Issued at 09.35 by hd


1.  "Lack of support and respect for asylum seekers is shocking," says Bishop of Ripon & Leeds

The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Revd John Packer,said today that he had been shocked by the lack of support and respect shown in this country to those who had fled in terror from their own, and had arrived in the UK looking for sanctuary and help. For further information, go to:,-says-bishop-of-ripon-leeds.aspx

2.  Today's press coverage

Times p3, Evening Standard p13
Report in Times focusing on a speech given by the "new Archbishop of Canterbury" at Trent Vineyard, where he reflects on his application for the role of Archbishop; Evening Standard spotted a Bishop's Move vehicle moving Justin Welby's belongings into Lambeth Palace.

Times p50
Lives Online focuses on Revd Prof James Cameron, ecclesiastical historian.

Telegraph p4, Financial Times p4, City AM p16
Various items reflecting on results from the Census, the Telegraph newspaper including a piece on the "fall in the number of people identifying themselves as Christian", and claiming online and in print that "Polish is the second language of England".

Daily Mail p4
Report that "Tory traditionalists in the Cabinet are preparing to back gay marriage despite continuing anger among the party's grassroots".

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