The Queen’s Christmas Message

Dec 25, 2015 by

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas address Friday to highlight the triumph of good over evil after a string of attacks in 2015, and to draw attention to the plight of refugees. She delivered her pre-recorded message at Buckingham Palace, wearing a white and silver dress and while sat at a desk with a Christmas tree in the background. “It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at...

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The Queen’s speech to focus on the importance of Christianity after a year of Isis attacks

Dec 21, 2015 by

By Priya Joshi, IB Times: The Queen’s speech will this year be focused on her Christian faith and her belief in the important role of Christianity in modern British life. It comes at the end of a year in which the world has been left reeling after a spate of terrorist attacks by Islamic State (ISIS) extremists. The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said the Queen’s speech would be poignant, as she reflects on the attacks on British holiday makers in Tunisia and the...

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Queen’s Speech to be the most overtly Christian yet

Dec 20, 2015 by

By Kate Mansey and Jonathan Petre, Mailonline: After a year in which the world has been rocked by sickening terrorist outrages and the war against brutal extremists, the Queen has chosen to deliver her most Christian Christmas message yet, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Sources familiar with the broadcast say she will use her traditional annual speech to reflect on her personal faith as well as her belief in the continuing role of Christianity at the centre of British life, despite rising...

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Why the CofE is a guardian of freedom in Britain

Dec 7, 2015 by

From the Queen’s speech at Lambeth Palace, 15 February 2012 Here at Lambeth Palace we should remind ourselves of the significant position of the Church of England in our nation’s life. The concept of our established Church is occasionally misunderstood and, I believe, commonly under-appreciated. Its role is not to defend Anglicanism to the exclusion of other religions. Instead, the Church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country. It certainly provides an...

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Queen’s Address Sends Coded Message to Global South Primates

Nov 28, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline: It would be impertinent to try to open a window into Her Majesty the Queen’s soul following her address to the Church of England’s General Synod this week. But what she said does reveal the aspiration of the CofE hierarchy for a managerial solution to the current conflict over human sexuality: ‘The last Synod will be particularly remembered for the way in which, after prolonged reflection and conversation, even in the midst of deep disagreements,...

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Without Christianity at its heart, the next coronation will be empty ritual

Sep 10, 2015 by

By Gillan Scott, from Archbishop Cranmer: In the week when Queen Elizabeth II reached a momentous landmark in her reign, it does feel rather inappropriate to be talking about what will happen once she is no longer with us. But this is exactly what the Christian think-tank Theos has been doing, and has published the results and analysis of a poll studying the public’s views on whether the expected coronation of King Charles III (or King George VII) should be an exclusively Christian affair, as...

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