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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby criticises Israel over Palestinian Christian woman in detention | World News

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby criticises Israel over Palestinian Christian woman in detention | World News

[ad_1] The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised Israel over the arrest of a young Palestinian Christian woman in the occupied West Bank. Justin Welby, the head of the Anglican Church, says the plight of Layan Nasir is a breach of assurances made by Israel about the treatment of Christians. The case highlights the controversial Israeli practice of administrative detention used to hold thousands of Palestinians for months without charge. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:44 Layan Nasir’s mother Lulu on her daughter’s arrest Ms Nasir, 23, was taken from her home in the early hours on 6 April. Her mother Lulu says 20 soldiers arrived at 4am threatening her family with guns as they searched the house. Now she is left wracked with worry, she says, not knowing why the soldiers took her daughter. The Israelis, she says, have told the family nothing. She says: “The worst thing is when I went to bed in the night, and start thinking how she slept. Did she eat? This is very hard …

Taxpayers are being ‘scammed’ by Archbishop of Canterbury, says Tory MP

Taxpayers are being ‘scammed’ by Archbishop of Canterbury, says Tory MP

[ad_1] A Conservative MP has suggested that taxpayers are being “scammed” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, amid questions over asylum seekers converting to Christianity. Former minister Tim Loughton told Prime Minister’s Questions: “The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted that since taking office, the attendance at the Church of England has dropped by 15% and in the 10 years to Covid, the number of baptisms in the Church of England has fallen from 140,000-a-year to 87,000. “So Christianity in the UK seems to be on the wane unless apparently, you are from a Muslim country in the middle of an asylum claim. “We’re now told one in seven occupants of the Bibby Stockholm have suddenly become practising Christians. “Can I ask the Prime Minister that given that the Church of England has now issued secret guidance for clergy supporting asylum applications for these Damascene conversions, who is the church accountable to and are taxpayers being scammed by the Archbishop?” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak replied: “When it comes to illegal migrants we need to have a system …

Canterbury school set for sustainable makeover by Morgan Sindall

Canterbury school set for sustainable makeover by Morgan Sindall

[ad_1] Work will soon to begin to transform the facilities at Pilgrims’ Way Primary School in Canterbury, Kent after planning permission was granted last October. The existing 1970s-era building will be demolished to make way for a highly sustainable two-form entry school, accommodating 420 pupils. Among the new facilities planned are classroom spaces, a hall, kitchen, and multi-use games area (MUGA). The scheme will also help advance the Department for Education’s net zero objectives through the use of air source heat pump technology – reducing reliance on gas heating – and the installation of solar panels on the roof. Visit Hampshire Biz News for bright, upbeat and positive business news from the county Morgan Sindall, the firm responsible for the works, plans to use its inhouse digital tool, CarboniCa, to ensure potential carbon outputs are managed and reduced before, during and beyond construction. Guy Hannell, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction in the Southern Home Counties, said: “With our Canterbury office just down the road from Pilgrims’ Way Primary School, we’re aware of the vital work this …

Archbishop of Canterbury Slams Rishi Sunak’s ‘Damaging’ Rwanda Deportation Bill

Archbishop of Canterbury Slams Rishi Sunak’s ‘Damaging’ Rwanda Deportation Bill

[ad_1] Rishi Sunak’s plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is “leading the nation down a damaging path”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Speaking in the House of Lords on Monday, Justin Welby tore into the government’s Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill. “We can as a nation do better than this,” he said. “In the Christian tradition we are told to welcome the stranger. Jesus said: ‘I was a stranger and you invited me in.’ The legislation is designed to overcome legal challenges to past attempts to send people to the east African country It is central to the prime minister’s hopes of convincing voters he can “stop the boats” crossing the English channel. The government hopes once the bill passes flights will be able to take off by the spring. But Welby told the Lords the new law sought to “obscure the truth that all people – asylum seekers included – are of great value. “In almost every tradition of global faith and of humanism around the world, the dignity of …

Rwanda: ‘We can as a nation do better’, says Archbishop of Canterbury as bill passes latest Lords hurdle | Politics News

Rwanda: ‘We can as a nation do better’, says Archbishop of Canterbury as bill passes latest Lords hurdle | Politics News

[ad_1] The Archbishop of Canterbury has again slammed the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, telling the House of Lords: “We can as a nation do better than this bill.” Speaking in the upper chamber, the Most Rev Justin Welby said the government was “continuing to seek good objectives in the wrong way”, leading the country down a “damaging path” by insisting on pushing forward with its legislation. And he accused ministers of seeking to “outsource our legal and moral responsibilities for refugees and asylum seekers”. The Lords nodded through the bill’s second reading tonight, but the legislation is likely to face a tougher challenge at the committee stage, when amendments can be put forward by peers to change it. Politics live: Tory MP quit six-figure minister role because he ‘couldn’t afford mortgage’ Earlier this month, MPs approved the Rwanda bill, which aims to deport asylum seekers coming to the UK on small boats to the African nation as a deterrent from making Channel crossings. But Rishi Sunak faced a backlash from his …

Canterbury residents defeat Greggs after fury over ’24-hour’ plans | UK | News

Canterbury residents defeat Greggs after fury over ’24-hour’ plans | UK | News

[ad_1] Locals in a pretty little UK city have celebrated after Greggs withdrew its plans to open a 24-hour store after residents became outraged at the plans. The popular bakery chain had proposed a new site in the centre of Canterbury that would be open around the clock, but locals in the famous city feared it would become an epicentre of crime. The about-turn by Greggs is a victory for residents after the nearby McDonald’s also became a 24-hour outlet. KentOnline was told that the idea of a 24-hour Greggs was “intimidating”. Local Labour councillor Pip Hazelton explained that a history of anti-social behaviour had been one of his main concerns. She said: “I was opposed to the application when it came forward. “I suppose my concern is up the top end of St George’s Street there’s been a history of anti-social behaviour, of groups gathering and those kinds of things. The litter, the noise, even relatively small groups of people hanging about – that can be intimidating for other people.” Ms Hazelton also believed …