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Church of England agonises over asylum seekers’ bogus conversions row

London, UK Reuters The Church of England will not adopt a set of cast-iron criteria when deciding whether to baptise asylum seekers as it was impossible to see into someone’s heart, a bishop said on Tuesday amid a row over fake conversions to Christianity. The centuries-old church launched a review into its advice to clergy […]

Church of England mulls asylum seeker change amid conversion row

London, UK Reuters The Church of England is considering updating its guidance to clergy on supporting and ministering to asylum seekers, amid concerns that religious conversions are being exploited by people seeking to stay in Britain. The church’s role in the asylum system has been in the spotlight since media reports that faith leaders had […]

Church of England: “Profound disagreement” remains on homosexuality

London, UK Reuters The Church of England’s governing body will debate adopting fresh commitments on homosexuality and same-sex couples when it meets later this month, it said on Friday, acknowledging that there remained “profound disagreement” on the matter. A general view of Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, on 6th October, 2020. PICTURE: Reuters/Hannah McKay/File photo […]

Church of England synod moves forward with a test of prayers for same-sex couples

UK London Church of England General Synod attendees

London, UKRNS The Church of England will test-run stand-alone services for blessing same-sex couples after its ruling body, the General Synod, voted to move ahead with implementing special prayers of thanks and dedication for gay couples. The vote to go ahead with the pilot program followed hours of emotionally charged debate about the church’s pastoral […]