CNI – MEDIA REVIEW – February 24

Today’s overview of news reports with links

Amid recrimination after shambolic talks collapse, prospects for restoration of Stormont look bleak

BBC News: Newspaper headlines: Corbyn’s ‘Brexit betrayal’ and snow ‘chaos’
Many papers highlight the Labour leader’s Brexit speech in which he is due to announce a shift in policy.

Leaving the EU does not have to be a disaster – Corbyn

BREXIT And The Irish Border – Briefings For Brexit, by Graham Gudgin

What the papers say – Belfast Telegraph

Belfast telegraph’s Editor’s Viewpoint: Sinn Fein showing where it stands on respect

Irish Catholic Church frets that RE is slipping off agenda in schools

Religious teachers say opt out uses will undermine progress

Orangeman Beattie defies Order’s anti-gay stance and walks lesbian daughter down the aisle
A TOP Orangeman has won praise from the gay community after he walked his lesbian daughter down the aisle at her same-sex civil partnership.

Reports based on wide-ranging interview given by Andrew Brown, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Church Commissioners, to the Press Association. Includes mention of 2016 returns and outlook on 2017 returns, responsible investment policy and the decision to join the Church Investors Group.

Archbishop and austerity

Further coverage and reaction ahead of the publication on March 8 of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s new book, Reimagining Britain and article published in the Mail on Sunday yesterday on the effect of austerity and Brexit on society and community life.

Report that prayers were said at Coventry Cathedral and a service held at St Michael’s Church in the city for brothers Corey, six and Casper Platt-May, two, who died after being hit by a car. The Dean of Coventry, John Witcombe, is quoted as describing their deaths as a “tragedy for the whole city”.

Interview with Rev Jenny Green, one of 15 UK-based missionaries from the Church Mission Society, on her work in Bradford as a community chaplain.

Reports that the heads of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City have shut its doors to protest against a new tax policy and a proposed property law.

Report that All Hallows convent in Ditchingham, Norfolk, is to close in April. The Diocese of Norwich is inviting proposals to “reimagine” the nine-acre site as a place for the local Christian community. Rev Canon Andrew Bryant, Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care at the Diocese, is quoted.

Report that the Heritage Lottery Fund is funding an eight-bell training simulator at St James the Great Church in Barrow. The church is one of a number across the country recruiting bell ringers to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Guardian view on the common good

Harry Mount on Billy Graham

Restrict the sale of assault rifles, US Bishops urge after another school shooting, in Florida

Cult weddings in Church of England buildings could become a reality, bishop warns

Interview with the Rev Martin Kettle, the National Home Affairs and Policy Officer for the CofE.(from 35 minutes in)

Further report of comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the forthcoming marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Coverage of a special service in Norwich Cathedral for the Church of England’s longest serving bishop, Graham James.

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