Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
All players of the squad kneeled and prayed together on the pitch after losing 6-1 to England. It is the first time the country plays a football World Cup.
The God “who played the cosmos into being” delights himself in the World Cup but delights in higher things still.
The archbishop of Canterbury answered the questions of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. “The Bible is utterly, brutally blunt about the difference between forgiveness and the consequences of sin”.
“We will hear deeply painful accounts of abuse, of poor response, and of ‘cover-up’”, Bishop Peter Hancock told the General Synod.
Only 2 of every 10 churches registered to marry gay couples have actually officiated at least one of such weddings in England and Wales in the last four years.
Lorna Ashworth leaves the Archbishop’s Council saying the Church of England should be “following the unadulterated teaching of Christ even when it contradicts the spirit of the age”.
The “British Social Attitudes” survey shows that 53% of the British describe themselves as ‘non-religious’. The decline in religious affiliation is hitting the Church of England particularly hard.
PM Theresa May says gay marriage “has to be a matter for the church.” House of Commons speaker, John Bercow, says marriage equality will only exist when same-sex couples can marry in churches.
The General Synod of the Anglican Church also backed a ban on conversion therapy. Some members say deep theological discussions are being left out.
Political and religious leaders heavily criticise the decision. France, Germany and Italy reject Trump’s assertion that the climate deal can be redrafted.
“We pray for those caught in fear today”, says the Evangelical Alliance UK after the London attack. Archbishop Justin Welby calls to pray for “all those grieving loved ones.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched the “Thy Kingdom Come” campaign, which aims to encourage believers to intercede for their communities and evangelise.
Pastor Sam Allberry defends biblical vision of marriage at Church of England General Synod. Read the transcript of his testimony.
The motion was passed by one vote. General Secretary admits: “We have a long road ahead to restore our common life”. The new policy cannot come into effect before 2020.
In France, some football players not only fight to lift the tournament trophy for their national teams but also bear testimony of their faith in Jesus.
The campaign is “about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions” during Ramadan (6 June- 6 July), Islamic Relief said. In November, a Church of England video featuring the Lord’s prayer was banned from cinemas.
Sunday trading hours will remain the same at present after MPs voted by 317 votes to 286, to dismiss the proposal. Religious leaders were against it too.
Churches which support the criminalisation of homosexuality could face “consequences”, Justin Welby warned. Anglican leaders also emphasised the importance of evangelising children and youth.
In the UK, 46% of adults of all backgrounds say they have no religion, according to a poll made by the Lancaster University. 99% do not take part in any religious group or form of collective worship.
The historic agreement recognises their long-standing ecumenical partnership and lays the groundwork for future joint projects.
Hundreds of thousands have seen the video on Youtube. Prominent atheist Richard Dawkins and Prime Minister David Cameron show support for the Church of England initiative.
A one-minute film showing several believers reciting the Lord's Prayer has gone viral after cinemas in the UK decided to ban it. The Church of England encourages to use the #justpray hasthag to share prayers worldwide.
An exhaustive study shows that 2 in 5 believe Jesus is a myth. Evangelical Alliance, Church of England and Hope encourage churches to “understand the landscape we are in.”
Bishop Trevor Willmott calls on Prime Minister to “soften” rhetoric towards the migrants, and deal with the problem in a "non-hostile way".
Vicar of Lancaster Priory proposes motion for General Synod to consider ceremony to mark a person’s gender transition.