National C of E news Releases

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Women in the Episcopate: Statement from the Archbishops
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have welcomed the progress made by the Steering Committee charged with the preparation of draft legislation to enable women to become bishops

Archbishop Justin meets Pope Francis in Rome
In their first meeting, Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis both spoke this morning of the bonds of "friendship" and "love" between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

London Beyond Sight – the capital’s churches inspire
Four London churches feature in a new project for blind and partially sighted people – London Beyond Sight.

New-look Reflections app takes Mark the Evangelist’s message to new audience
More people than ever will celebrate St Mark the Evangelist’s Day digitally this year in the Church of England, on 25 April. That’s because the Reflections for Daily Prayer app - relaunched this week to include Morning Prayer and a smarter, easier-to-use interface - continues to grow in popularity as the format of choice for worshippers ‘on the go’. It has already had more than 40,000 downloads from iTunes.

Girlguiding should keep God in its Promise and provide space for young to explor
A majority of girls and young women surveyed by Girlguiding UK say they believe in a god. As the organisation’s open consultation on the Promises made by new members draws to a close, a senior Church of England priest says it is important for the promise to “love God”, retains its place.

Vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad: no better time than Lent to reflect
The vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad, has written a special reflection focusing on how Lent is a special time to refocus on God, to mark the launch of the Reflections for Lent 2013 app from Church House Publishing.

CofE presence at UN Commission on Status of Women
A Church of England podcast published today highlights the issue of gender violence in the run up to the CofE’s presence next month at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). According to the UN, one in three women around the world is raped or beaten in her lifetime.

Two new Church of England parish publications go online
Two new monthly publications, specifically designed for Church of England parishes, have been posted online on the Church’s website.

Church heating up? Switch on to the new national energy saving audit
Church members are being encouraged to use January's freezing temperatures as a starting point for monitoring their building's energy usage, as part of the Shrinking the Footprint national energy audit, using sMeasure.

Church of England statement on food waste
“Today’s news* that half of the world's food ends up being thrown away is a wake up call for us all. The Church of England, through its Shrinking the Footprint campaign, is committed to working on issues of food waste. The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, chair of Shrinking the Footprint, has taken a lead, working closely with the Feeding the 5000 campaign in highlighting the importance of cutting food waste.

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