Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of his admiration for victims of "outrageous cruelty and violence" in Christmas Day sermon

Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of his admiration for victims of 'outrageous cruelty and violence' in Christmas Day sermonDr Rowan Williams also said women bishops vote has damaged ChurchBut he points to positive Census which showed 59% of people still identified themselves as ChristianIt was his final Christmas Day sermon after serving a decade in office | UPDATED: 19:00 GMT, 25 December 2012 'Privileged': The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his last Christmas message to say how he has been inspired by meeting people who have experienced great suffering such as victims of gang violence The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke today of how he has been inspired by meeting people who have experienced great suffering, such as victims of gang violence. Delivering his final Christmas Day sermon from Canterbury Cathedral, Dr Rowan Williams also acknowledged how the General Synod's vote against allowing women to become bishops last month has damaged the credibility of the Church. But he pointed out a reason to be positive in the recently published census statistics, which indicated that 59 per cent of people still identified themselves as Christian

Lithuanian gang who ran Britain"s most prolific church lead theft operation jailed for 20 years

Lithuanian gang which stole lead from church roofs and left a 1m repair bill are jailed for total of 20 years Lincoln-based gang hit 20 churches over three counties in nine monthsThey made almost 70,000 from selling stolen lead but six were arrestedLincolnshire was badly-hit last year but raids have fallen 90% since arrests | UPDATED: 19:35 GMT, 13 December 2012 Britain's most prolific church lead theft gang were today jailed for a total of more than two decades after they left the Church of England with a 1million repair bill at 20 churches across three counties. The gang from Lithuania, who were based in the cathedral city of Lincoln, struck across the East Midlands and were only caught when police stopped a vehicle laden with stolen lead on the A46. They made almost 70,000 from selling stolen lead over nine months in 2011, but six of the gang were arrested after being linked to the offences through sales of stolen metal to recycling yards

Britain"s biggest collection of light bulbs: stunning coloured bulbs go under the hammer for 3,000

All things bright and beautiful: Stunning collection of colourful light bulbs is Britain's biggestCollection of 500 bulbs belonged to lighting engineer Bill CarltonIncludes bulbs made with rare metals and others from 19th CenturyHaul sold at auction to a European buyer for 1,750 today | UPDATED: 20:42 GMT, 6 December 2012 Britain’s biggest collection of light bulbs went under the hammer for 1,750 at auction today. The set of more than 500 bulbs was bought as a single lot by a European buyer after the electrician who spent years collecting them died