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Bishop steers marriage registration Bill through Parliamentary process

Bishop Alan Smith of St Albans becomes first C of E bishop in 20 years to steer legislation through House of Lords in Britain’s Parliament.

24 July 2018

Bishop begins bid to change law on marriage registration in England and Wales

A Church of England bishop is promoting a Bill to allow the names of couples mothers to be included in the official registers of marriages.

26 January 2018

Anti-piracy crew must wait for bail ruling

The crew of an anti-piracy vessel who were jailed for five years in India for carrying illegal arms must wait to find out whether they have been successful in their bid for bail while an appeal is heard. The Anglican agency Mission to Seafarers is supporting the crew saying that anti-piracy patrols are entitled to carry the weapons under international law.

18 February 2016

Churches offer sanctuary after High Court refugee setback

Churches in Australia are offering sanctuary to refugees after the country’s High Court ruled that it was lawful for the government to return some 270 asylum seekers – including almost 40 children – to off-shore detention camps. 

04 February 2016

C of E proposes to repeal obsolete Medieval laws

British Acts of Parliament dating back to the 1500s could be repealed under a Statue Law reform process that is detailed in a Church of England consultation.

17 November 2015

Alas poor Shakespeare: skull controversy is much ado about nothing

A plea by an English vicar for permission to DNA-test a skull in a Worcestershire church to see if it belonged to the playwright William Shakespeare has been rejected by a Church of England judge who ruled that “no factual base whatsoever” had been put forward to “justify exhumation, removal or investigation.” 

03 November 2015