In a report for the Church Urban Fund, Paul Bickley argues that churches tackle the relational deficit blighting deprived communities.
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Religion in the Media
A daily roundup of media stories about religion.
The ancestors of Assyrian Christians repented of hedonism, and God saved them: modern Ninevites do the same, and God has preserved them, until now - Telegraph
The world is experiencing a "global crisis" of repression of religious freedom and Britain should lead a "diplomatic war" say peers - BBC
Ms Ibrahim and her family fled Sudan for Italy only this morning - Independent
Muslim families are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church - Daily Mail
Hundreds gathered at a multi-faith service in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, to pay their respects to those killed in the disaster - Guardian
In a Middle East rebuilt on intolerant ideologies, there is likely to be little place for beleaguered minorities - Guardian
Christians have come under attack in Iraq where Islamic State militants recently launched a violent takeover.
Church's most senior official says decision makers will be advised to choose a woman over a man when they are going head to head.
“Trojan horse” teachers used a social media network to promote anti-western ideas - The Times
For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul - Telegraph
Peter Millett, British Ambassador to Jordan Reflects on religion and diplomacy - Al Arabiya News
MPs are set to debate an e-petition aiming to make Eid and Diwali public holidays in the UK - BBC
A campaign has begun for a statue of a bishop credited with coming up with his own "Big Bang" theory, centuries before anyone else - BBC
The ultimatum imposed by militants for Christians to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed has passed with the collapse of communities that have existed for millennia - Independent
By opposing assisted dying, religious leaders are for once trying to protect the individual against family values and the good of society - Guardian