Gavin Drake

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Church endorses Israel hate agenda

In the worst rift between Anglo-Jewry and the Church of England in recent years, the president of the Board of Deputies has accused the Synod of “riding roughshod” over the Jewish community. The attack by Vivian Wineman follows a vote by the General Synod this…

Pope’s butler held over leaks to media

THE Vatican is still in shock after the arrest of the Pope’s butler last week on allegations that he had leaked secret documents to the Italian media. Pope Benedict XVI’s personal valet, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested on Wednesday of last week after confidential documents were…

Conservative evangelicals set up rival Anglicans structure

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, meeting in London, say they’ll offer alternative spiritual leadership to dissaffected members of the Church of England.  They also want an alternative to the Archbishop of Canterbury as chairman of the Anglican primates meeting.  Is this a way of keeping…

The Church in Wales Governing Body

The Governing Body (GB) of the Church in Wales, similar to the General Synod of the Church of England, met in Llandudno on the 18th and 19th April.  I was there for the Church Times and produced a number of reports, including: Church seeks Welsh-speakers to…

Yorkshire diocese hosts international inter-faith dialogue

The diocese of Wakefield arranged a visit to Britain for a group of religious leaders and law enforcement officials from an area of pakistan where nine Christians were killed in Muslim-led riots.  Our reporter Gavin Drake spent the day with them in Yorkshire. The Sunday…

Dr Williams issues warning on Nigeria

Nigeria is “at risk of disintegra­tion” after the recent attacks on Chris­tians, the Archbishop of Canterbury said this week. Dr Williams, speaking in an emergency debate in the General Synod on Wednesday, said that the situation in Nigeria was “not a few issues of interfaith…

New front in Israeli / Palestinian conflict opens up in Britain’s system of advertising regulation

Last week, Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority released its latest adjudication on an advert by the Israeli Government Tourist Office in London. The advert featured the feeding of the five thousand and the authority ruled that it was not misleading or offensive for the national press…

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