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Old St Paul's brought to life in new computer animation

Researchers at an American university have created a computer animation depicting the Old St Paul's Cathedral.

North Carolina State University recreated Wren's masterpiece, thought to have been originally 150 metres tall. It would have been the tallest structure ever built in the city until the mid-20th century.

The Virtual Cross Project aims to transport viewers back to 1622, when John Donne gave an important sermon from Paul's Cross, before the Great Fire of 1666.

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Donkeys arrive at St Paul's

Some of the creations, which started life in Cairo Credit: ITV News

Twenty five life-size donkeys have been given pride of place in St Paul's Cathedral as part of an interfaith exhibition. They've been painted by Egyptian and Western artists, to show solidarity for the people of egypt.

They will inhabit the Cathedral until 23 September Credit: ITV News

All 25 donkeys have been transported from Cairo for the Caravan exhibition. Each artist, whether Muslim or Christian, was asked to decorate the fibreglass donkey, created by noted Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman.

One of the 25 donkeys lining the Cathedral Credit: ITV News

The exhibition runs from today until 23 September, after which they will be auctioned at Sotheby's, with all proceeds going to charities in Egypt.

Bells ring out for Prince George

The bells of St Paul's Cathedral rang out for four hours today to celebrate the arrival of the new Royal baby.

A team of thirteen ringers played a specially composed peal called 'Cambridge Maximus' to mark Prince George's birth.

The bells were also sounded in honour of Prince Charles' birth in 1948 and in 1982 for Prince William's arrival.

Bells of St Paul's sounded in honour of royal birth

Bells at St Paul's Cathedral will sound to mark the royal birth Credit: PA

The twelve bells at London's St Paul's Cathedral will sound today to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son earlier this week.

Prince George of Cambridge, the third in line to the throne, was born on Monday.

A team of thirteen ringers will ring a peal of 5000 changes of bell composition 'Cambridge Maximus' to commemorate the birth.

The Cathedral bells were also sounded in honour of Prince William's birth in 1982 and Prince Charles' birth in 1948.

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Christmas Day church services in central London

St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: PA

Most London churches will hold Christmas Day services. If you want to experience a service at an iconic church, try the St Paul’s Midnight Mass (starts 11.30pm Christmas Eve), Sung Eucharist at 11am or Festal Evensong at 3.15pm.

Westminster Abbey, London. Credit: PA

Westminster Abbey has a Midnight Mass (starts 11.30pm Christmas Eve), Sung Eucharist (10.30am) and Evensong at 3pm.

Video: St Paul's protest

A group of Occupy protesters have chained themselves to the pulpit of St Paul's Cathedral.

The four women, including one in a wheelchair, padlocked themselves to the pulpit during this afternoon's evensong service.

Outside more protesters, from Christianity Uncut, unfurled banners urging St Pauls to join their campaign against inequality.Louise Hulland sent this report.

Occupy London statement

Occupy London has released the following statement on their St Paul's protest:

"On the eve of the anniversary of the beginninng of the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp by St Paul's Cathedral, supporters of Occupy London, in collaboration with Christianity Uncut, today staged a dramatic intervention to highlight their call for the leadership of St Paul'sCathedral to stop sitting on the fence and join the fight against rising inequality in the UK and beyond.

"While Christianity Uncut unfurled a 5m x 10m banner outside the Cathedral urging the leadership of St Paul's to "Throw out the money changers from the temple", four Occupy activists staged a mic check during Evensong. They are now locked on to the Cathedral pulpit not planning to leave."

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