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January 01 2014 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury: a 'good vicar' is key to tackling falling numbers

The Archbishop said he was "extremely hopeful" about the future of the Church of England, and said many local congregations were increasing in numbers.

However, he admitted: "We are falling in numbers and there is a change in the attitude to the Christian faith generally across the country. That is unquestionable. We need to be quite realistic about that."

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December 24 2013 By virtueonline Labour: We must 'do God' to fight anti-Christian persecution

In a thinly-veiled attack on the Tony Blair era, when Alastair Campbell, the then communications director in Downing Street, said "we don't do God", Mr Alexander warned that people should have the courage to speak up for Christians without fear of causing offence.

Mr Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, spoke out to voice his concerns about growing harassment and attacks suffered by Christians in the Middle East.

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December 23 2013 By virtueonline Vicars defrocked. Fears of jeans and hoodies in pulpit

The proposals, drawn up by a London vicar, the Rev Christopher Hobbs, have already garnered the support of about a quarter of the Synod, who will debate the issue in February.

But conservatives warn that changes would dilute the identity and authority of the Church.

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December 12 2013 By virtueonline Majority of Britons believe state and church should be separate

The poll, conducted for Prospect magazine asked "Should the Church of England and state continue to be connected?"

In 1957, 37% said it should separate with 37% saying should stay connected (26% didn't know). In 2013, 51% said church and state should separate with 27% saying it should remain connected (23% didn't know).

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December 11 2013 By virtueonline UK: Same-Sex Marriage from 29th March 2014?

- March 2014: Same sex couples who married abroad under foreign law and are currently treated as civil partners will instead be recognised as being married in England and Wales.

- June 2013: Same sex weddings in some British consulates and armed forces bases overseas will be possible, and arrangements for same sex weddings in military chapels will be in place;

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November 29 2013 By virtueonline 'A crucifix is now just a fashion statement and has lost religious meaning'Welby

He added: 'For those early Christians it was a badge of shame.

'Today it is more commonly seen as a symbol of beauty to hang around your neck.

'As a friend of mine used to say, you might as well hang a tiny golden gallows or an electric chair around your neck.'

In a foreword to a book which will be published in the run-up to Lent next year, Archbishop Welby continued: 'Are we now living with a symbol emptied of power by time and fashion?

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November 20 2013 By virtueonline Welby invites ecumenical community into Lambeth Palace

Chemin Neuf -which means "New Way" in English - was founded in Lyon in 1973. It describes itself as a "Roman Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation" and today has more than 2000 members in over 30 countries. Members of the community come from various denominations, including the Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and Pentecostal, Lutheran and Reformed churches.

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November 19 2013 By virtueonline UK:Opening day of General Synod saw new approaches to Synod's way of doing thing

He ranged over the murderous attacks in Peshawar and Nairobi and the suffering and courage of Christians in Nigeria. He was surprised at the way the WCC meetings in Korea held together an extraordinary diversity of people united by the love of Jesus Christ. He announced that from January a Catholic order with an ecumenical and teaching vocation will be created, initially with four members, at Lambeth.

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November 19 2013 By virtueonline UK: Church of England and Stonewall to target homophobic bullying

The news was revealed on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod at Church House, Westminster.

In July, the Archbishop of Canterbury said he would "specifically target" homophobic bullying in Church schools.

The Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, revealed the collaboration on Monday afternoon, in answer to a question from members of the synod.

Stonewall said the Church had initiated discussions earlier in the autumn.

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November 19 2013 By virtueonline Church of England discusses overhaul of 'rude and unchristian' Synod

Amid the anger over the outcome of that vote last November, there were calls for Parliament to step in or even for the Synod to be dissolved.

The issue of women bishops will be top of the agenda when the Synod is meeting for three days in London next week.

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