Co Down church founded by love-cheat pastor has £3m in assets
Sunday Life/Belfast Telegraph
The church founded by disgraced love-cheat pastor Gareth Mills hauled in excess of £500,000 from its members in a year. Thriving Life also has assets worth more than £3million, according to documents filed with the Charity Commission. The American-style super church in Newtownards asks members to make regular payments, starting at 10 per cent of their salary, to fund its charitable work and to support the staff who work there. As a registered charity, Thriving Life does not pay any tax on money it receives.
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Church leaders unite to welcome Stormont agreement
The leaders of Ireland’s main Churches have welcomed the agreement reached between Northern Ireland’s political parties, the UK and Irish …
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Belfast priest hits out at “parasites” bringing “horror to communities” at Deághlán Cole funeral
A priest has hit out at drug dealing “parasites” bringing “horror” to communities across Belfast. Fr Gary Donegan was speaking at the funeral mass of young dad Deághlán Cole, who died last week. The 22-year-old had battled drug addiction, and Fr Donegan offered a powerful homily at Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne that spoke of Deághlán’s personality and charm.
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Minister apologises for priests who outed gay soldiers
The Sunday Times
Report that the defence minister Johnny Mercer has apologised following claims that Catholic chaplains in the armed forces broke the confidentiality of confession to report gay and lesbian personnel to the authorities. Report also includes allegation that private conversations between service members and chaplains from the Church of England may also have been relayed to the military hierarchy. The Bishop to the Forces,Tim Thornton, is quoted.
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Comment piece on Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Report following comment piece by the Revd Giles Fraser in Unherd on the announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about their royal role.
Twenty Christian institutions divest from fossil fuels
In an ‘Epiphany Declaration’, 20 UK churches, dioceses, religious orders and … Last week, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, … said: “It is wonderful news that so many Christian organisations have made …
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