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Thieves steal money, raised by church for charity

Police are appealing for information after a burglar broke into the presbytery next to the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Petworth.

The burglary happened sometime 4.15pm on Tuesday 3 January and 8.20am on Wednesday 4 January in Angel Street.

Around £2,000 worth of cash and cheques, which had been donated for a charity collection and £50 in petty cash were stolen.


Bishop of Chichester hopes for less uncertainty in 2017

Dr Martin Warner

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, says he hopes that 2017 will be a year "we can look back on as a good year" after the uncertainties of 2016.

In a New Year video message to his Diocese, the Bishop reflected on what has been a turbulent year.

Images which have flashed up on our screens, particularly from Syria have been traumatic. We have seen hospitals, schools and homes targeted and it has been traumatic.

– Dr Martin Warner

He appealed for people to have what he described as "the quality of reverence" in 2017 which added up to a basic respect for people and things.

He added that he feels the church continues to be relevant in Sussex communities, by making a contribution and improving the quality of people's lives.


£250,000 awarded to Chichester Cathedral for roof repairs

Chichester Cathedral is awarded £250,000 to repair the historic building Credit: ITV News

Chichester Cathedral has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds to help restore its quire roof which dates back to the 13th Century.

The grant, provided by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, will go towards a renovation project. A total of £4.8 million is needed to carry out major repairs to the cathedral.

Mothers’ Union celebrates 140th anniversary in Winchester

Winchester Cathedral hosts Mothers' Union service Credit: Pam Brophy

Mothers’ Union returned to Winchester Cathedral yesterday to celebrate 140 years of Christian outreach to families all around the world.

Archbishops of Canterbury and York as well as local bishops of Winchester, Basingstoke and Southampton attended the service that honoured the founder Mary Sumner.

The charity has four million members in 80 countries worldwide.

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