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A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potentially massive deficit. John Ralfe, an independent pension expert, claimed this week that the pension scheme for some 16,400 Church of England clergy is "the riskiest in the country in terms of asset-type".

Vicars' retirement savings in jeopardy, says pension expert

A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potential massive deficit.

The dedication ceremony at the Church of Scientology's worldwide spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, last month

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Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury (right) speaks with John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, as the Church of England General Synod debated the principle of allowing women bishops

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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

'Church of England is one generation away from extinction': Time to end arguments, says Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu

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Death toll is expected to rise from bus carrying 70 passengers

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Payday lender Wonga rakes in over £1m in profits a week

Controversial company says profits after tax rose 36 per cent to £62.5 million

'Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine' - church sign attacking homophobia goes viral

Pro-gay signboard photo has attracted over one million online views

Murder victim Stephen Lawrence

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The threat of closure has failed to dent the motivation of pupils at the school where murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence was taught as they achieved record results in their GCSE exams.

Dr Rowan Williams at Canterbury Cathedral

Rowan Williams is right to tell supposed ‘persecuted’ Christians to grow up

In recent years much of the Christian community in the West has become fixated with the idea of its own ill-treatment, fulminating over any piddling little incident

'Abuse' probe to include deceased members of clergy

The Diocese of York is to open files on deceased members of its clergy dating back more than six decades as part of an investigation into alleged cases of child abuse, it was reported.

Christians in America and Britain who claim they are persecuted should "grow up", says former Archbishop Rowan Williams

'Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable' Dr Williams tells Edinburgh audience

Simon Read: Archbishop's payday plan isn't' a solution to debt misery

I understand why The Most Rev Justin Welby spoke out this week about his intention to "compete" the payday lenders out of business. But the Archbishop of Canterbury's approach to the problems caused by high-cost credit companies won't lead to the right solution.

Justin Welby has had a ‘business-like’ conversation with the boss of payday lender Wonga

War on Wonga: We're putting you out of business, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells payday loans company

Wonga insists it would welcome competition from credit unions

Wonga has entered the online payment industry by offering shoppers the option of borrowing cash to fund their web purchases

Payday lenders Wonga to fund Channel 5 endurance challenge show

Channel 5 has teamed up with payday lenders Wonga to make a new endurance show for the channel.

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