Legalising gay marriage would undermine Christian view of family, claims leading Catholic archbishop

Legalising gay marriage would undermine Christian view of family, claims leading Catholic archbishopArchbishop of Birmingham says government can't see 'full consequences' Warns of impact for 'children involved or wider society' in letter to churchesRemarks are latest attack from senior Catholic on David Cameron's plans | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 30 December 2012 Outspoken: Archbishop Bernard Longley, writing in a letter to churches in his diocese, warns that plans to legalise gay marriage could tarnish the Christian view of family life Plans to legalise gay marriage would undermine the Christian view of the family, according to a leading Roman Catholic archbishop. The Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley warned that the Government cannot foresee the 'full consequences' of the proposals. In a letter to churches and chapels in his diocese, the Archbishop warned of the impact gay marriage would have on 'children involved or for wider society'

Soweto worshippers gather to pray for Nelson Mandela as anti-apartheid leader spends second day in military hospital

Worshippers gather to pray for Nelson Mandela as anti-apartheid leader spends second day in military hospital | UPDATED: 23:23 GMT, 9 December 2012 The continued uncertainty about Mr Mandela's health saw worshippers gather yesterday morning at the Regina Mundi Catholic church in Johannesburg to pray for the leaderr Fears remained yesterday over the health of Nelson Mandela as he spent a second day in a military hospital with an undisclosed illness. President Jacob Zuma visited Mr Mandela yesterday morning at the hospital in Pretoria and found the 94-year-old to be ‘comfortable and in good care’, a statement from his office said.

Congregation of St Michaels and All Angels Church, Daws Heath, complete construction of flatpack church with wood from Lapland

Give us this day our daily shed! Congregation complete Scandanavian FLATPACK church after spending 90 years worshipping in hut The 150-year-old Lapland wood is expected to last up to 200 yearsAssembly took just over three months thanks to team of up to 15 builders PUBLISHED: 17:58 GMT, 4 December 2012 | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 4 December 2012 Worshippers have beaten Santa to it and imported their own gift from Lapland – this flatpack church – just in time for Christmas. For the past 90 years, the congregation of St Michael’s and All Angels Church, in Daws Heath, Essex, have had to make do with a First World War army hut. But with the hut falling into a state of disrepair, the Anglican congregation decided it was time to replace their old church with a brand new 560,000 building.