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June 27 2020 By dvirtue Nelson Mandela's widow says statues are part of our history and we must learn from them

In a wide-ranging interview, he also urged the West to reconsider its prevailing mindset that Jesus was white, and pointed to different portrayals of Christ as Black, Middle Eastern and Chinese in different countries.

The two figures waded into the heated statue debate at a time when monuments of controversial figures are under the microscope following the recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests.

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June 17 2020 By dvirtue Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols pray together as churches reopen

He added: "We continue to give thanks for all battling the pandemic and pray for a renewal of our common life."

Cardinal Nichols described it as "a great joy" to see churches open once again and it said had been "good to pray" with the archbishop "to mark this moment of grace".

Signs which read "pray safe stay safe" reminded people to keep two metres apart as they arrived at London's Westminster Cathedral.

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Even though the House of Bishops at the Church of England's General Synod stated in February that 98.3% of abortions in the United Kingdom are immoral, only Apb. Justin Welby (Canterbury) and Bps. Paul Butler (Durham), Christopher Cocksworth (Coventry), Timothy Dakin (Winchester), Julian Henderson (Blackburn), Donald Allister (Peterborough) and James Newcome (Carlisle) voted pro-life in Parliament.

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June 08 2020 By dvirtue UK: What should good Anglicans do: stay at home, or join a crowd?

A letter to clergy from the Archbishop of York on 7th May gives detail on how individuals can enter churches for cleaning and essential maintenance, urging clergy to alway remember that "safety is paramount". Then, as recently as June 3rd a document was released from Church House, for "planning purposes", on how churches might be reopened "when circumstances allow" -- now thought to be 15th June.

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June 04 2020 By dvirtue Church of England welcomes back Rwandan bishop accused of defending genocide

Following the revelations, the Church of England said Ruhumuliza had been placed on "special leave" by mutual consent. Last month, he was appointed to a new post at a church in the diocese of Manchester after the Home Office failed in its attempt to refuse the priest refugee status. The UK government had said in 2011 there were "serious reasons for considering that he had committed ... a crime against humanity".

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May 15 2020 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury has been secretly volunteering in lockdown -- as chaplain at St Thomas' Hospital

"He gets a lot of solace from doing it. Just being able to physically see people and pray with them during lockdown - it's what the clergy has been doing the length and breadth of the country.

"There is some personal risk but he doesn't really think about that. He just thinks this is what Christians should be doing, helping others."

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May 14 2020 By virtueonline Titus Trust Issues Statement on settlement in case of John Smyth

The emergence of details about the abuse by John Smyth and Jonathan Fletcher has caused us to reflect deeply on our current culture and the historic influences upon us. Although the culture of the camps that The Titus Trust runs today has changed significantly from the Scripture Union camps of the late 70s and early 80s we still want to look hard at our traditions and practices and to invite feedback from those currently involved and also those who are no longer involved.

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May 06 2020 By virtueonline Challenges for the Church of England

It will be interesting to see the effects of this as researchers investigate what has happened. Anecdotal evidence suggests that churches with existing programmes to support the vulnerable, such as running foodbanks, have been able to continue with this, though with restricted opportunities for the personal contact that is so essential.

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May 06 2020 By virtueonline An unwelcome precedent for the Church of England: lessons from the Mayflower celebrations

Critics are accusing Mayflower 400 of buying into "the myth of the Mayflower". Some want the education programme scrapped and rewritten. The UK's largest teaching union is calling for educational materials to be "withdrawn and reviewed". For which read, 'censored/revised to suit the anti-colonial, anti-Christian narrative'. Teachers are claiming the materials 'whitewash a "colonial land grab" and the pilgrims' links to slavery'.

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May 05 2020 By virtueonline Over 500 Church of England Clergy call for Easing of National Lockdown

It is widely agreed that the temporary closure of churches for public worship is necessary in the current crisis. However, the broadcast of services from a closed church is explicitly permitted by government guidelines, yet unlike almost all other Churches in these isles, the Church of England has gone beyond this advice.

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