Daily Media Digest Tuesday June 23

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Today's Media Coverage

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 someone’s only income could cause them to seek emergency food aid. Trussell Trust Chairman, Chris Mould, is quoted saying joint research in ‘Emergency Use Only’ 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 Westminster’s Central Hall, to be led by the charity’s international director, Patrick Sookhdeo, who is quoted saying: “Churches are vulnerable places because they are open places.” Police representatives will be present to give advice.

Eve Standard
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 London’s creative industries. It states he has been appointed by the Church of England as a “chaplain for creatives” 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 “support and pastoral care” 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.

Archbishop Cranmer: Greek debt - the immorality of perpetual bailouts and broken promises

Bishop of Sheffield: A letter from Pope Francis

British Religion in Numbers: Mid-summer miscellany 2

Independent Voices: Bishop of London - We in the Great Ark should heed the Pope's warning on the environment

Law and Religion UK: Historical sexual abuse and the Jehovah's Witnesses - A v Watchtower bible and tract society

Opinionated Vicar: Amazing Grace

Christian Today
Rio Ribaya: Church of England supports gay clergy amid discrimination suit
Through the Eyes of a Bishop
Bishop Paul Butler:
48 Hours in Burundi
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