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Gospel choir warms up for Christmas

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for choirs like Manchester Inspirational Voices. They're in even greater demand having won the BBC's gospel choir of the year award for 2016. Founder and director, Wayne Ellington, has been leading the choir for 10 years and has a belief in everyone's potential to sing. We'll be hearing more about them on Granada Reports later. But for now, here's a little taster of what they can do.

Pope turns former church into Indian cathedral

St Ignatius church has been closed since December 2014 Credit: Dave Brown

A church in Lancashire that had been closed has now been declared as a new cathedral for Indian Catholics.

The Grade II-listed St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Preston was shut in December 2014.

But it has reopened as a parish church serving an Indian branch of the Roman Catholic Church.


Muslims across the North West celebrate Eid

Thousands of Muslims across the North West have started celebrating the festival of Eid. Hundreds gathered in Blackburn's Witton Park to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in which believers fast during daylight hours.

New Bishop of Bolton announced

Venerable Mark David Ashcroft Credit: Diocese of Manchester

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Venerable Mark David Ashcroft, Archdeacon of Manchester, to be the next Bishop of Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester.

Oxford educated Mark, 61, has served as the Archdeacon of Manchester and Residentiary Canon of Manchester Cathedral since 2009.

He will be consecrated in October at York Minster by the Archbishop of York and take up his appointment in November.

Mark is married with three adult children.

Watch Elaine Willcox's report on Ramadan

It is almost half way through Ramadan for many muslims who have been fasting in the region.

During the holy month those observing the fast can't eat or drink during daylight - which at the moment is about 17 hours.

Prayer and giving to charity are important aspects of the month, and Muslim families and community groups have once again encouraged people of different faiths to share Ramadan with them, as our correspondent Elaine Willcox reports.


Two teens arrested after "anti-Semitic" assault in Bury

Police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with a suspected anti-Semitic attack in Bury.

Moshe Fuerst was one of four Orthodox Jewish boys who was assaulted and verbally abused by a gang of three youths on Saturday evening, at Bowker Vale Metrolink Station. He was left with brain injuries.

Moshe Fuerst suffered a fractured skull in the attack. Credit: MEN Syndication

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested at addresses in Whitefield and Derbyshire on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

Police are treating the assault as an anti-Semitic hate crime and are still appealing for potential witnesses to come forward to assist their enquiries.

Archbishop of Canterbury honoured by Liverpool universities

The Archbishop will be honoured in Liverpool today Credit: PA

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be honoured by universities in Liverpool today - a city he once called home.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will receive an honorary degree and fellowship. A former Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, he is being recognised for speaking out against social injustice.

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Campaign to raise money for refugees

Volunteers in Manchester have been raising money for refugees in Syria by selling cakes. The cakes 4 Syria campaign aims to provide aid and food to over 12 million Syrians while also reminding its volunteers that they must resist the temptation to eat during Ramadan.

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