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Historic carved ivory head on display at Canterbury Cathedral

The ancient crozier head

A historic object traditionally associated with sixth century Pope, St Gregory 1, is being put on display at Canterbury Cathedral.

The rare opportunity to see the carved, ivory head of the pastoral staff (crozier) is being offered on Saturday and Sunday (9 and 10 January 2016) and also next weekend, (16 and 17 January 2016) before and after a meeting at Canterbury Cathedral of Anglican Primates from around the world.

The ancient crozier head, loaned to the Cathedral, is venerated by the monks of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome as that of St Gregory who was an abbot at the monastery prior to becoming Pope.

It was St Gregory who sent Augustine to England in 597 AD on a mission to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.

We are very pleased to receive the crozier as a symbol of ecumenical encouragement at this time of the meeting of Anglican Primates, and as a link with St Gregory whose vision of the conversion of England caused Augustine to found the community at Canterbury.

– Dean of Canterbury Cathedral

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New Bishop of Sherborne appointed

Ven. Karen Gorham has loved Dorset since her childhood Credit: Michael Ford

The Archdeacon of Buckingham is to become the 36th Bishop of Sherborne and the ninth in modern times. The Bishop of Sherborne works in the Diocese of Salisbury with responsibility mainly for parishes in Dorset. The Venerable Karen Gorham has fond memories of Dorset.

It has been a real privilege to serve the church in Buckinghamshire and work in the Diocese of Oxford. I now look forward to getting to know the people and places of Dorset, an area I have loved since childhood holidays.

Dorset is a place of story, from Enid Blyton to Thomas Hardy, whose poetry I particularly enjoy, and we all have a unique story to tell, as individuals and as Christian Communities, of God’s love and grace. That's our witness to the world, and our biggest challenge is to have the confidence to share it.

– Ven. Karen Gorham

Former Bishop to be sentenced for string of offences

An investigation is to be launched into how the Church of England responded to allegations of abuse by the former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.

The 83-year-old is due to be sentenced this week for a string of offences against young men in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Lawyers for his victims say the church should no longer be trusted to police itself. The Church said the review will be published next year.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

Former Bishop admits sex attacks on young men

The former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, today became the most senior figure in the Church of England to be convicted of sex attacks on young men.

He pleaded guilty to historic abuse after failing in a bid to have his case thrown out on the word of a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Admitting misconduct on charges relating to 16 young men, he then pleaded guilty to two more counts of indecent assault. Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from David Greenwood, chairman of Stop Church Child Abuse.

What about this for a view! Repair man climbs to the top of the country's tallest cathedral

HIs heart was in his mouth and the adrenalin was pumping. Those are the words of the man who had to climb to the top of the country's tallest cathedral spire in Salisbury to repair a weather meter. Gary Price says the worst moment was when he had to step outside a small window near the base of the spire for the final climb to the summit. Pictures from Salisbury Cathedral. Penny Silvester reports.

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Vatican takes on the Church of England in Kent cricket match

Sporting opponents often claim to have God on their side - but never has that been so true today as when a cricket match between two Christian faiths began. A team from the Vatican arrived in Kent to take on an Anglican eleven. We sent our reporter Andrea Thomas to speak with both teams before play got underway. She spoke to Reverend Stephen Gray, captain of the Church of England XI and Tony Currer, captain of the Vatican XI.

Services held at other local churches after fire

St Peter's church in Ropley was destroyed in a fire on Thursday Credit: ITV Meridian

Parishioners of a historic church in Hampshire had to attend services at other churches this morning after a devastating fire.

The 800 year old St Peter's Church at Ropley near Winchester was engulfed in flames throughout Thursday. An investigation is being held into the cause of the blaze.

Anger at news that burial sites will be dug up to make way for HS2

The Church of England has criticised plans for a high speed rail link through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The Archbishops' Council has expressed concerns at proposals to dig up a number of burial sites along the route.

More than 30,000 graves must be exhumed to make way for HS2 including two and a half thousand within the ruins of St Mary the Virgin Church in Stoke Mandeville. See our report from Mel Bloor

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