Home of retired archbishop searched in sex abuse case

Police raided the home and office of the recently retired archbishop of Belgium yesterday, carrying off documents and a personal computer as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests, officials said.

Don't be shy of evangelising, archbishops tell Anglicans

The Church of England's two most senior bishops have called on fellow Anglicans to embrace the Christian mission and not "fight shy" of converting people from other faiths. In an uncharacteristically evangelical statement from a church that has tended to avoid overt proselytising in recent decades, Dr Rowan Williams and Dr John Sentamu said Christians should not feel "embarrassed or awkward" about bringing others towards Christianity.

Desmond Tutu: England's World Cup performance was 'abysmal'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu became the latest critic of England's poor World Cup performance today, describing their showing as "perfectly abysmal".

Michael Mansfield: Expensive, but justice must be done

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry would not have been necessary had Lord Widgery done his job - and the politicians not interfered

Sound of history brings hope to the football team and a nation

It was the sound of South African history. More than 50,000 vuvuzelas trumpeting a wind of change and unity in Soccer City as South Africa got the continent's first World Cup off to an exciting and entertaining start.

Ceremony sparkles despite Mandela absence

The World Cup kicked off today with a breathtaking visual spectacular at the opening ceremony in South Africa.

Forgiveness cannot be demanded, says Tutu

People living in immense suffering cannot be forced to forgive their enemies, but helping them do so is the best way to bring about lasting peace, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said yesterday.

Bradford City football disaster commemorated

The 25th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster, which left 56 football fans dead, will be marked today with a series of special events in the city.

Pope prays before Shroud of Turin

The shroud of Turin allowed Pope Benedict XVI a rare moment of reprieve from the raging clerical child sex scandal yesterday as he prayed before the relic after performing open air Mass with some 25,000 faithful in the Italian city. "The Holy Shroud eloquently reminds us always of the one who was crucified and who has shared our suffering," the pontiff said.

Catholic bishops apologise for abuse

Britain's Catholic leadership took the unprecedented step yesterday of issuing a joint public apology for the child abuse scandal, describing it as a "profound scandal" that has brought "deep shame to the whole Church".

Bishops: Abuse scandals bring 'deep shame' to church

Catholic bishops in England and Wales today offered a full apology and said there were "no excuses" for the child abuse scandals that have rocked the church.

Archbishop issuing statement on child safeguards

A Catholic archbishop will today issue a statement about the safeguarding of children after sex abuse accusations that have rocked the Church.

The Pirates of Penzance, Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Can there be anyone, anywhere in Britain, who still doesn’t get the point of Gilbert and Sullivan?

The Week In Radio: What would Jesus have made of it all?

There's a saying they have in America that is used to fit all occasions: What Would Jesus Do? What Would Jesus Drive, for example, or What Would Jesus Vote? One programme this week asked What Would Jesus Eat?, and the suggestions, according to painters of The Last Supper, included grilled eels, crayfish and guinea pig. This prompted me to wonder what Jesus would listen to, and to hope it wasn't Monday's Start the Week.

Williams forced to recant criticism of Irish Catholics

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