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Sal­is­bury: The Bishop of Kajo-Keji in Su­dan was in­ter­viewed on his re­cent trav­els, growth of churches, and re­li­gious chal­lenges by the Bishop of Sher­borne dur­ing a sab­bat­i­cal in Sal­is­bury. The in­ter­view of An­thony Poggo, con­ducted by Dr Gra­ham Kings, marks part of the 40-year an­niver­sary of the Sal­is­bury-Su­dan Link. When asked about his work and the re­wards, Bishop Poggo en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­sponded: “It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see the growth of the Church. Most times when I un­der­take con­fir­ma­tion ser­vices, there are at least 100 can­di­dates!” South­wark: On Thurs­day 14 Fe­bru­ary, the Dean and Chap­ter of South­wark Cathe­dral took a cen­tral role at the of­fi­cial re­open­ing of Bor­ough Mar­ket. Re­opened by Their Royal High­nesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the mar­ket is right next to the Cathe­dral. Dur­ing a short ser­vice the Dean of South­wark, the Ver y Rev An­drew Nunn, said that the Mar­ket had been at the heart of South­wark and Lon­don’s com­mu­nity for hun­dreds of years, liv­ing along­side the Cathe­dral and the ever-chang­ing land­scape of the Bor­ough. Then he and the Canon Pre­cen­tor, Canon Gilly My­ers, prayed the spe­cially writ­ten bless­ing for the mar­ket and all the peo­ple who make it the ‘colour­ful, di­verse and ex­cit­ing place that it is’. Af­ter the bless­ing His Royal High­ness rang the new mar­ket bell, cast in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, for the first time. The bell will be rung at the start of ev­ery mar­ket day to sig­nify the start of the day’s trad­ing. Stafford: Af­ter the re­lease of the Fran­cis Report into Mid Stafford­shire NHS Foun­da­tion, the Bishop of Lich­field and the Bishop of Stafford is­sued their re­sponse. The Rt Rev Jonathan Gled­hill, of Lich­field, noted the dif­fi­culty and work that need to be done, “Our first obli­ga­tion is to make sure that the chief rec­om­men­da­tions of the Fran­cis Report are car­ried out so that peo­ple will not be afraid to go to their lo­cal hospi­tal. The NHS was built on a foun­da­tion of Chris­tian val­ues so that ev­ery in­di­vid­ual is of in­fi­nite value, whether rich or poor. This Chris­tian ba­sis has been weak­ened in re­cent years and cov­er­ing the bot­tom line has be­come all im­por­tant.” The Rt Rev Ge­off Annas, of Stafford, ex­pressed con­do­lences for the fam­i­lies: “We must re­mem­ber that be­hind the hor­rific events cat­a­logued in the Fran­cis report lies the ex­pe­ri­ences of thou­sands of peo­ple in our county (and, it now seems, across the countr y) who have been af­fected. No Report or Plan or Di­rec- tive can ever bring back loved ones who suf­fered and died… I hope the fu­ture sees a re­turn to pa­tient-cen­tred man­age­ment that puts car­ing for peo­ple and en­abling staff to raise con­cerns above ad­min­is­tra­tion.” Wake­field: The Bishop of Pon­te­fract, the Rt Rev Tony Robin­son, led prayers for the build­ing of friend­ships be­tween com­mu­ni­ties and “the strength to re­sist ex­trem­ism and ha­tred” on Ash Wed­nes­day. Bishop Robin­son, lo­cal stu­dents, and se­nior West York­shire church lead­ers “braved” the snowfall in hopes of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion out­side of Dews­bury Town Hall. Dur­ing the day of re­pen­tance, Bishop Robin­son con­tin­ued in prayer with se­nior Catholic lead­ers, other Angli­can and Lutheran bish­ops, with Methodist, United Re­formed, Sal­va­tion Army and Mo­ra­vian lead­ers and a Quaker rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Bishop Robin­son, chair of West York­shire Ec­u­meni­cal Coun­cil, said: “We pray for all peo­ple of good­will who en­cour­age mu­tual re­spect, who value the dig­nity of ev­ery per­son, who build bonds of com­mu­nity and peace; that their ex­am­ple may en­cour­age all ci­ti­zens to do the same.” Lo­cal church min­is­ters fol­lowed the prayer by an­nounc­ing their own “act of com­mit­ment to the town.”

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