The A to Z of Christian news in 2021

Dec 27, 2021 by

from Premier:

Here are some of the biggest Christian stories that happened during 2021:

A is for Sir David Amess. The tragic death of the Conservative MP for Southend West shocked the nation and reinforced the need for conversations around hate speech and social media. The 69-year-old was a devout Catholic and his faith was widely recognised and honoured in his funeral. His death also sparked controversy about priests being able to provide the last rites to people about to die.

B is for Brian Houston. The founder of megachurch Hillsong has been charged with allegedly concealing his father’s abuse of a boy in the 1970s. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years, and his court case is due to take place in January 2022.

C is for Christ the King Church. The Polish Catholic church made headlines in April after the Metropolitan Police stopped a Good Friday church service. Officers were called to the scene following reports of Covid restriction breaches but the church argued they followed all guidelines and said police had exceeded their powers.

D is for Dan Walker. The BBC Breakfast host’s participation in Strictly Come Dancing has shone a spotlight on his faith. Walker is a devout Christian and has previously mentioned why he decided to not work on Sundays. He made it to the quarter-finals with his professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova and has been sharing his experience with his more than 260,000 followers on Instagram.

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