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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".

Rose Hudson-Wilkin: Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the 51-year-old has been widely tipped to become the first female Church of England bishop

Clergy demand women bishops ahead of General Synod

More than 1,000 clergy and senior laity back the historic move in an open letter to The Independent

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Pussy Riot should not be in jail, says Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s Prime Minister, directly contradicted President Vladimir Putin today by stating his view that the jailed members of the punk group Pussy Riot should be freed.

Cathedral licker nears end of quest

A man who bet he could lick every single one of Britain's cathedrals is nearing the end of his bizarre quest, the York Press reports.

Egypt: Blindfolded child to pick Coptic Pope

Clergy from the Coptic Orthodox Church began casting ballots yesterday to decide who will become the leader of the Middle East's largest Christian minority – a process which will end with a ritual involving a blindfolded child making the choice at random.

Album: Steve Wishart, Sinfonye Hildegard (Decca)

Released to coincide with the beatification of Hildegard Von Bingen, this album features modernised, but tasteful, adaptations of her texts and chants by Stevie Wishart, arranged into an evensong vespers in which medieval and modern come together with surprising congruence.

Pussy Riot sacked lawyer

London theatre to stage its own Pussy Riot protest

Taking inspiration from Russia's feminist punk band, the Royal Court Theatre will host its own Pussy Riot protest in early November.

Occupy activists return to St Paul's Cathedral

Activists from the Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St Paul's Cathedral during a service today, to mark the anniversary of the formation of their protest camp outside.

The steps of St Pauls during the protests

Occupy's legacy? The tents are gone, but a new spirit of protest lives on

A year since the bold movement swept into the City, the effects are still playing out

Moscow appeals court frees Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich but upholds sentences for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina

A Moscow appeals court unexpectedly freed one jailed member of punk band Pussy Riot, but upheld the two-year prison sentences for the two other women jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.

Pollution erosion at St Paul's Cathedral in record 300-year low

Industrial decline and cleaner energy production have led to pollution erosion at St Paul's Cathedral being at a 300-year low.

Thousands turn out for murdered Pc Nicola Hughes' funeral

A city united today in memory of a fallen “brave as they come” policewoman who made a “great sacrifice” when she was killed in the line of duty.

Activist Taisiya Osipova's prison sentence is called 'terrifying revenge'

A Russian opposition activist was jailed for to eight years yesterday in a review of her drug-related case, twice as long as prosecutors had requested.

Pussy Riot trial heads towards a shabby ending

Judge will tomorrow deliver the verdict but it has already been decided by the Kremlin

Madonna urges Russia to free Pussy Riot at Moscow concert

Madonna has expressed her support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a black ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back.

Historic manuscript sale 'vandalism'

Oxford historian Diarmaid MacCulloch has accused the Law Society of "vandalism" over its plans to auction off a unique collection of manuscripts dating back to the 13th century.

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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