Article that Priti Patel, an employment minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, told MPs there is no evidence linking soaring food bank use
to benefit sanctions. She did not accept claims by researchers that abruptly stopping someoneâ€™s only income could cause them to seek emergency food aid. Trussell Trust Chairman, Chris Mould, is quoted saying joint research in â€˜Emergency Use Onlyâ€™ by the Trussell Trust, Church of England, Oxfam and Child Poverty Action Group, found that 19-28% of the foodbank users for whom data was collected had recently had household benefits stopped or reduced because of a sanction.
Article that the Barnabas Fund, a charity that provides assistance to persecuted Christians, is hosting a training session in London today (Tuesday) to advise UK churches on protecting their premises and congregations against an attack by Islamic State
militants.The Barnabas Fund
has invited more than 50 church leaders to participate in the half-day session at Westminsterâ€™s Central Hall, to be led by the charityâ€™s international director, Patrick Sookhdeo, who is quoted saying: â€œChurches are vulnerable places because they are open places.â€ Police representatives will be present to give advice.
Report that The Rev Peterson Feital is planning a Christian club to rival Soho House in the hope of bringing spiritual enlightenment to workers in Londonâ€™s creative industries. It states he has been appointed by the Church of England as a â€œchaplain for creativesâ€ in the West End, from advertising executives and artists to media and film workers, publishers and software designers. Mr Feital, 39, was a missionary in his native Brazil and has previously given â€œsupport and pastoral careâ€ to celebrities in fashion and film.
Reports that President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral service of the Rev Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the Emanuel AME church where the shooting that killed nine people. They state the president and his first lady Michelle Obama got to know the pastor, who was also a state senator, during the 2008 presidential campaign and an early Obama supporter. The president has said the shootings showed the need for a national reckoning on gun violence.
Reports on a fire which destroyed the roof of the 19th century All Saints Church in Fleet, Hampshire. They state the fire broke out around 5:30pm spreading rapidly throughout the building and firefighters spent more than three hours bringing it under control. A spokesperson for the Diocese of Guildford is quoted.
Report that Pope Francis has condemned weapons manufacturers and investors in the industry as 'hypocrites' if they call themselves Christian. It says he issued his toughest denunciation to date of the arms industry in front of thousands of young people at a rally in Turin.