Press watch – My first sight of King’s College chapel taught me buildings could be art

In this season of carols, thoughts turn to the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. On Christmas Eve its service of nine lessons and carols will be heard around the globe. The chapel is one of the architectural wonders of the world, Simon Heffer writes in The Daily Telegraph. Click here - PRESS WATCH

News – December 8

Holy Family at the heart of new double issue of  Intercom  -  Theological Institute’s annual Advent Carol Service  -  Bishops call for increased efforts to counter homelessness  -  New Rector from Belfast to Cobh via Westminster  -  Photographer revisits Auschwitz for exhibition  -  Controversial 'missionary' bishop defends ordination service  -  Ex- C of E bishop jailed for abuse wants to join Catholic Church for 'anonymity' . Click here - CNI -news - December 8

News – December 7

Nine lessons and Carols in Irish in Belfast parish church  -  Spirit of Cork Award 2017 Presented to Bishop Paul Colton  -  Fraudsters swindle £20,000 from church  -  Christian Aid pays £844k to exiting workers  -  Pope urges dialogue amid Jerusalem controversy  -  US Supreme Court ‘divided’ over gay wedding cake case. Click here - CNI -news - December 7

News – December 6

Trócaire appeal asks to give the gift of love for Christmas 2017  -  Celebrating 175 years of Groomsport Parish Church  -  Bishop Fintan Monahan to lead third ‘Mercy on the Mall’ in Skycourt Shopping Centre, Shannon  -  Saintfield Parish sit–out raises £1,600 for Clic Sargent  -  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018: That All May be Free  -  Paper-based social-media campaign links Anglicans against gender-based violence  -  Connor MU vigil marks 16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence. Click here - CNI -news - December 6

News – December 5

Successful Antrim Christmas Tree Festival aids Lough Neagh Rescue and Macmillan Cancer Support  -  Derry MP calls on Parliament to commemorate missionary Amy Carmichael  -  St Patrick’s lights up Ballymacarrett  -  Diocesan Boards take part in Clogher Advent Carol Service  -  C of I and Welsh clergy share their priorities  -  Christian cake maker to appear before US Supreme Court  -  Pope Francis urged to visit troubled South Sudan after making donation  -  Australia's Prime Minister insists on protecting religious people from same-sex marriage amendments  -  Energy price increases knock the joy out of Christmas in Ireland says St Vincent de Paul. Click here - CNI -news - December 5

News – December 4

Famed satirist and poet Dean Jonathan Swift features on latest silver coin  -  Keith and Kristyn Getty shape their music inspired by Reformer Luther  -  ‘Show people the power of our faith’ new Archbishop challenges churches  -  St Patrick’s Christmas Tree Festival in Dublin  -  Pro Bono Choir to present Carols at the Courts  -  Services mark the beginning of Advent  -  I raised concerns about Rohingya with Burma’s leaders, says Pope. Click here - CNI -news - December 4

News – December 2

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin asks parishioners to support annual Crosscare food appeal  -  ‘Families are the heart of the life and mission of the Church.’ Irish Inter-Church Meeting in Dromantine  -  First RTÉ Mass using new Irish translation of the Roman Missal to be broadcast live tomorrow, Sunday  -  Organ dedicated at St Mary’s Church, Passage West, Co Cork  -  Christ Church Bray invites you to walk in a Winter Wonderland this Week  -  Ground-breaking eldership book sells 10,000 copies  -  First Persian woman to be ordained bishop consecrated in Canterbury Cathedral. Click here - CNI -news - December 2

News – December 1

Irish Council of Churches study visit to EU institutions  -  Church representatives to meet with An Taoiseach in New Year  -  Launch of Crazy Chronicles of a Parish Life by Derry priest  -  Eco–Congregation Ireland newsletter highlights Irish churches response to environment  -  Archbishop Eamon Martin launches online Advent 2017 Calendar  -  Archbishop of Canterbury intervenes in Anglo-American diplomatic Twitter row  -  Giant Bible returns to Britain after 1,300 years for British Library show  -  Priest accused of not praying hard enough after satellite launch failure. Click here - CNI -news - December 1

News – November 30

World Vision ambassador Meghan Markle will bring 'vast energy' to royal work, Christian charity says  -  Revealed: number of gay weddings at churches  -  Christ Church Concert Raises Funds and Awareness for Refugee Accommodation Programme  -  Moderator affirms Forces Chaplaincy as a unique kind of ministry  -  Cork’s Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir launch new CD of Christmas Carols  -  New booklet challenges church members to become Missionaries of Mercy and Ambassadors of Reconciliation  -  Study: young Catholics divided between traditionalists and modernists. Click here - CNI -news - November 30

News – November 29

Stunning chapel at Windsor Castle a more intimate venue for Royal wedding  -  3,000 attend first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Knock  -  Pre-Christmas witness of Dublin Churches ecumenical Walk of Light  -  Swift’s moral outrage would be focussed on Ireland’s homeless children  -  ‘A rigged global tax system': Oxfam says Ireland is a tax haven by EU standards  -  Former Archbishop of Canterbury invites faith leaders to join 16-Days of Activism  -  Pope Francis walks tightrope in Myanmar as UK MP returns from 'heartbreaking' visit with Christian Aid to Rohingya in Bangladesh. Click here - CNI -news - November 29

News – November 28

Justin Welby asks God to bless Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they announce engagement  -  ‘Gay cake' case going back to court  -  Cork C of I plots its future with confidence  -  Irish bishops online Advent calendar starts December 3  -  Willowfield Parish opens free community gym  -  Church of Uganda in race to end gender-based violence  -  Keith and Kristyn Getty urge Anglicans to ‘rediscover’ congregational singing this Christmas. Click here - CNI -news - November 28

News – November 27

Emotional vigil in Derry cathedral as Mothers Union confronts gender-based violence  -  Commissioning  of new Chaplain to Bandon Grammar School  -  Dr John Sentamu keeps pledge to wear collar again after Mugabe's exit  -  Record-breaking medals bid provides £700,000 boost to Anglican mission charity  -  British missionary slain after singing hymn  -  Bangladeshi religious leaders have high hopes for Pope’s visit. Click here - CNI -news - November 27

News – November 25

Irish priest blasts Catholic Church for lack of training in exorcisms  -  Lisburn parish celebrates its 175th anniversary  -  DCU Chaplain attends Pope Francis’ audience on refugees  -  Interested in becoming a Presbyterian Minister?  -  Every pupil leaves Co Tyrone school, speeding up its closure. Click here - CNI -news - November 25

News – November 24

Bible Society spreading Christmas cheer with Advent Challenge  -  19 young leaders in Down & Dromore graduate from Serve course  -  Inter-church blessing of Window of Reconciliation in Tralee  -  A very 21st century Christmas song for the NI Children’s Hospice  -  Pope Francis to visit Baltic States in 2018  -  At Texas church that suffered shooting, pastor still celebrates thanksgiving  -  Church commemorations mark centenary of WWI explosion that killed 2000 Canadians. Click here - CNI -news - November 24

News – November 23

Carnalea church looks to future with new extension  -  Senior Lurgan priest resigns after 'historical complaint' probe  -  Inter-church blessings of new Farm Relief Services offices in Rosscrea  -  Purpose-built Anglican church opens in London for first time in 40 years  -  Dublin launch of new book by Canon Cecil Hyland  -  Irish Columban Missionary, Fr. Shay Cullen, receives the 2017 Martin Buber Award  -  Aled Jones' family reveals allegation 'hell'  -  Archbishop of Canterbury and Patriarch of Moscow appeal for Middle East Christians  -  Press watch: John Cushnahan: Gerry Adams never condemned the divisive terrorism of the IRA. Click here - CNI -news - November 23

News – November 22

Mothers’ Union use 16-Days to Break the Silence, Lift the Shame, and Shift the Blame  -  Inter-church ‘get together’ for flood victims in Eglinton, Derry   -  Presbyterian Moderator in solidarity visit to Egypt  -  Dublin organists’ success in Church Music Course  -  Down director for film about Irish war hero priest Willie Doyle  -  Christian Aid calls for stricter tax avoidance rules after new poll   -  Archbishop Justin Welby on Russia visit. Click here - CNI -news - November 22

News – November 21

Bell’s peal at Westminster Abbey to mark Queen and Duke’s platinum anniversary  -  Down Mothers’ Union members learn about gender-based violence as part of 16-days of activism  -  Irish church leaders call for end to paramilitary attacks on Children’s Day  -  New group to help LGBT Presbyterian Church members  -  Victorian style at Whitehouse Presbyterian Church 150th anniversary  -  Archbishop Michael Neary presents 545 young people with John Paul II Awards. Click here - CNI -news - November 21

News – November 20

Ugandan ex pupils visit NI to thank those who helped provide their schooling  -  Moderator sends warmest congratulations to Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on their 70th wedding anniversary  -  Cork celebrates 130 years of Mothers Union in Ireland  -  Crib Festival weekend returns to Thornhill, Derry  -  Lithuanian choir performs in Naas and Kill  -  The word Christmas ‘has lost all meaning for believers’, priest says  -  Press Watch: Compassion and compromise sorely lacking in same-sex marriage debate. Click here - CNI -news - November 20

News – November 18

Homeless choir to present concert in Derry cathedral  -  A green note at Cork Harvest Jazz Festival  -  New Methodist and C of I Ordained local ministry open learning course  -  Applications open for Down & Dromore Diocesan Readers Course  -  Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Moscow  -  $500m Museum of the Bible opens in Washington DC. Click here - CNI -news - November 18

News – November 17

Church caused untold harm to gay community, says Northern Ireland cleric  -  St Patrick’s Cathedral to Host First Inner City Christmas Tree Festival  -  Communion will celebrate life of CS Lewis in his home parish  -  Walking in a Winter Wonderland at Christ Church Bray  -  New rector for Maguiresbridge  -  Biking rector coming to Kilanne  -  C of I chaplain graduates from Maynooth  -  SVP launches Christmas Appeal  -  Zimbabwean church leaders call for national dialogue. Click here - CNI -news - November 17

News – November 16

Four governments represented at Enniskillen cathedral service  -  Kerygma Choir Evening of Celebration Praise in Lisburn Cathedral  -  Who let the Dads out Children’s ministry conference  -  Launch of Anti-drug campaign at Belfast Cathedral service  -  Alternative Christmas gifts from Methodist World Development  -  Exhibition on Jesuit chaplains in World War I opens. Click here - CNI -news - November 16

News – November 15

Memorial service for Paddington Bear author at St Paul's Cathedral  -  Budget welcomed, but talks failure lamented by Presbyterian Church  -  Two new priests ordained to replace 15 that died in Dublin last year  -  Garden of Remembrance was unveiled at St Philip’s Church, Milltown, Dublin  -  Ecumenical Canon and Organist Emeritus honoured in Armagh  -  Full celebratory peal to sound from Westminster Abbey where royal couple wed  -  Former British Army legal chief to be Rector of the Falkland Islands. Click here - CNI -news - November 15

News – November 14

Golf Club venue for Mothers’ Union Prayer Breakfast on gender violence  -  Bishop’s PA to retire after a lifetime’s service to C of I  -  Church of Ireland cleric admires James McClean for poppy stance  -  President visits vandalised church  -  Rector of Wicklow & Killiskey appointed  -  PRESS WATCH: Remembrance events need to be more inclusive, Tom Kelly writes in The Irish News. Click here - CNI -news - November 14

News – November 13

Catholic diocese 'has no objection' to Enniskillen bombing memorial  -  Faith and hope shine at concert celebrating Rev Liz McElhinney  -  Former Dean of Belfast says he will probably leave Province for good  -  Book Spot: I Married a Soldier by Brenda Hale and Rachel Farmer. Click here - CNI -news - November 13

News – November 11

Catholic church in Down and Connor diocese has assets worth £140m   -  Council insists Catholic Church aware of planning application for a Enniskillen memorial  -  Open door Advent recital in Killough Church  -  Bishop John Kirby leads pastoral mission to USA to meet with Irish emigrants  -  Hallelujah! C of E Cathedrals celebrate best Christmas yet  -  Press Watch: Personal memories 30 years on from the Poppy Day bomb. Click here - CNI -news - November 11

News – November 10

Archbishop’s fears as more Catholic children shun Catholic schools  -  Remembrance Day service broadcast from Ballynure  -  Midleton College celebrates 1696 Charter  -  Derry Reformation 500 anniversary service  -  Scottish Episcopal Church names first female bishop  -  Trailblazing woman bishop in move to Ripon from New Zealand. Click here - CNI -news - November 10

News – November 9

Message from Queen as new memorial to Enniskillen’s Remembrance Day bombing victims is unveiled  -  Sam Maguire Community Bells first peal on Remembrance Sunday  -  Down & Dromore Pastoral Carers Course  -  Armagh’s Georgian Festival organ recital  -  Irish parish link to Dracula  -  Press watch : Church-run schools have failed at a deeper level. Click here - CNI -news - November 9

News – November 8

Marsh’s Library’s stolen prayer book is returned ... just 170 years later  -  Good for the Sole: Meath & Kildare raise 75.000 for Leprosy Mission  -  Scottish and US-based Episcopal Churches celebrate historic bonds of communion  -  Church to draft lonely clergy care plan  -  New minister in Swanlinbar  -  Archbishop Clarke urges church to show hospitality, sincerity, engagement and enchantment. Click here - CNI -news - November 8

News – November 7

Primate’s challenge as Derry church celebrates 150th anniversary  -  UK Government to double Christian Aid’s Christmas giving  -  Bishop’s call for prayer for those involved in Westminster harassment scandal  -  Press Watch: Dean Forde’s vow to put church at heart of city is brave, but it may not be easy  -  The Muniments of Swift’s Cathedral: C of I Archive of the Month November. Click here - CNI -news - November 7

News – November 6

Lambeg boost for Connor Baby basics project  -  Belfast screening of award winning film on South African house demolitions  -  Christmas Tree Festival at Newtownards Community Church  -  A place to call home: Dublin concert for refugee housing  -  7 Upcoming events  -  Texts published for 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  -  Scripture Union in NI has come a long way since its first beach mission in 1893  -  Christian ex-minister becomes first Tory MP investigated under party's new code. Click here - CNI -news - November 6