Christianity

Census reveals a largely sensible state

By Zaki Cooper, December 21, 2012

The publication of the results of the 2011 census last week answered a number of questions, but here is one it did not: what do the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury have in common? It sounds like the opening line of a joke but, in fact, these three pillars of the British establishment all have some Jewish blood.

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Don’t bring us figgy pudding

By Sarah Ebner, December 21, 2012

It happens every year. In December, my children and I feel like nasty party-poopers. It’s not pleasant to rain on other people’s parades, and we honestly don’t mean to. We simply can’t help being Jewish at the wrong time of year.

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Let’s spread the seasonal cheer

By Jo Hyams, December 14, 2012

'Tis the season, again. It might seem like only five minutes have gone by since last December, but here we are once more, with Slade on the radio crooning about how they wish it could be Christmas every day, snowy scenes in every advert (even though they were filmed in July) and Brent Cross packed with desperate present-buyers and shops full of sequined clothing.

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Save me from my 'saviours' — and the ignorant and insane

By Chas Newkey-Burden, November 30, 2012

"Chas, we can save you!' When I received messages on my blog making this thrilling promise, I assumed they were spam from a finance company offering to consolidate my loans into one "easy" payment.

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Ostrich feathers in Bishop’s family

By Laura Sykes, November 23, 2012

The next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at last knows the identity of his Jewish paternal relations, hitherto shrouded in mystery.

It has emerged that his grandfather Bernard was one of four brothers named Weiler, who came to London from Germany in the 1880s and became prosperous ostrich feather merchants.

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New archbishop is ‘a good friend' to Jews

By Simon Rocker and Gavin Drake , November 15, 2012

The Council of Christian and Jews has welcomed the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who will succeed Rowan Williams next year, as a “good friend”.

The Rt Rev Welby, Bishop of Durham and a former dean of Liverpool Cathedral, who will automatically become a joint president of the CCJ, has been involved in reconciliation work between Jews and Arabs.

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Church of Holy Sepulchre facing closure

By Hadas Haimov, November 6, 2012

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre’s bank account has been frozen over an unpaid £1.5m water bill.

The church, located in the old city of Jerusalem, is said to be the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial and is one of the most venerated sites for Christians around the world.

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Dublin launch of Christian Zionism report

By Simon Rocker, November 2, 2012

A major new report on Israel and the Palestinians designed for Anglicans, due to be launched in Dublin yesterday, says that Christians must take seriously the “particular place which the land of Israel and city of Jerusalem hold for Jewish people”.

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Bishops pull out of Holy Land meeting

By Simon Rocker, October 26, 2012

Two bishops have pulled out of a conference on the Holy Land to be held in Gateshead next month, after warnings that it would be biased against Israel.

The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, Martin Wharton, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham, withdrew after pleas from the Newcastle Jewish community, the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews.

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Holocaust denying Bishop banned from Catholic group

By Sahar Zivan, October 24, 2012

Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson has been expelled from the niche Catholic group of which he was a leading member.

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