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“The international community must document human rights abuses being committed in northern Iraq so that future prosecutions can take place. It is important and necessary for the international community to challenge the culture of impunity which has allowed these atrocities to take place.

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August 05 2014 By dvirtue 'Islam is reviving British values', says former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Dr Williams was one of several speakers at the event organised by the Islamic Society of Britain, which saw thousands of people gather for four days of talks, debates, music, worship and bazaars.

The now Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge praised both Christianity and Islam for working towards community cohesion and promoting a sense of duty.

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August 01 2014 By dvirtue UK: One in 200 churchgoers in same-sex relationships

A survey conducted by Christian Research for Christian Today found that 0.6 per cent of churchgoers are in a civil partnership, slightly more than the number cohabiting.

Although statistically small, given the size of the survey, the number is high considering the widespread hostility to homosexual relationships among the leadership of many Christian churches. The Church of England and Catholic churches believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

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July 18 2014 By dvirtue REFORM Leader writes to members in response to York General Synod on Women Bishops Passage

Similarly, men and women are equal in God’s eyes (Galatians 3:28) yet have different roles in family life. In our relationships, we model what is true of our loving God.

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July 18 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury still ‘not convinced’ by arguments for same-sex marriage

“Pastorally, you meet people, sit across the room with them, talk to them… and your heart goes out to them.”

When asked whether he believes the church’s current position is unstable, he repeated: “We’re in the middle of a prolonged period of disagreement and conversation, and therefore by definition it is unstable.”

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July 18 2014 By dvirtue CofE: One thousand #NewRevs “a remarkable gift to both Church and Nation”

As part of the ordination service, the new priests and deacons are addressed by a Bishop of the diocese in which they will serve who will say: "They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God's purposes of love. They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people.

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July 16 2014 By dvirtue English and Welsh Catholic Leaders say women bishops in CofE obstacle to Unity

At this difficult moment we affirm again the significant ecumenical progress which has been made in the decades since the Second Vatican Council and the development of firm and lasting friendships between our communities. We rejoice in these bonds of affection and will do all we can to strengthen them and seek together to witness to the Gospel in our society.

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July 15 2014 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: No Church for Old Ladies

But if you are an old lady who has served your local parish church faithfully down the years, the lack of pastoral provision really hits you. You walk down to your local church on a Sunday only to find a notice affixed saying that the next service is in a month’s time.

As for being visited in your home, that is becoming virtually unheard of, whether by a vicar or by an over-stretched church volunteer.

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July 14 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby: Risk-taker and Reconciler

Last year saw the publication of Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury by Andrew Atherstone. The first biography of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the book was researched and written in 10 weeks – starting on the day Welby’s nomination was announced in November 2012 - and published in time for Welby’s enthronement in March 2013.

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July 14 2014 By dvirtue Church of England General Synod expected to approve female bishops

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who has championed the proposals, said: "In my heart, I think we are OK."

Should the measure fail to get the two-thirds majority it needs among the synod's lay members – it is certain to pass the separate votes of bishops and clergy – Welby will consult with his fellow bishops as to what should be done and make an announcement as soon as possible.

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