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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".

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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.

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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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