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 former Anglican Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt, has died aged 71 - BBC News
The Right Rev Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, has rejected the idea that the Bible forbids gay marriage - Times
Mohsen Amir-Aslani convicted of insulting prophet Jonah and making ‘innovations in religion’ through interpretations of Qur’an - Guardian
First Sunday Assembly in French capital gathers 130 people for singalongs, party games and to ‘celebrate life’ - Guardian
Leading Catholic bishop, the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, announces his resignation after confessing to breaching his vows of priesthood - Telegraph
Hopes are high that Pope Francis might begin the process of allowing divorced and remarried couples to take part in communion - Guardian
Positive review of BBC 2's new programme 'Marvellous', which features a Christian man who finds a kind of holy wisdom - Independent
Gillian Scott critiques popular atheist philosopher, AC Grayling's recent attack on religious education - Archbishop Cranmer
Tina Beattie’s lecture to Catholic group in Edinburgh is cancelled after she signed letter supporting gay marriage - Guardian
Andrew Birks, who was working in Brixton when Rigg died in custody, loses legal battle to quit force to become priest - Guardian
Marta Trzebiatowska discusses the relationship between atheism and feminism - OUP Blog
Singers say they may quit because of stress and misery caused by ongoing dispute with musicians using amplifiers - Guardian
Prosecutors allege the men participated in a gay wedding that sparked media backlash after footage of the ceremony emerged - Guardian
Revd. Canon J. John. encourages us to pray for Isis and discusses the dangers of hate - God and Politics
Josef Wesolowski to become to first high-ranking Vatican official to ever face criminal charges for abusing children - Telegraph