Dean climbs to bless

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On Wed­nes­day David Mon­teith, Dean of Le­ices­ter, climbed the scaf­fold­ing on the Cathe­dral spire on Guild­hall Lane, to bless the new ‘cross finial’. This cer­e­mony marks a key mo­ment in the work to re­pair the stonework of the north transept of the cathe­dral. Dr Pa­trick Sookhdeo re­signed as the in­ter­na­tional di­rec­tor of the Barn­abas Fund on Sun­day. He had founded the or­ga­ni­za­tion that cam­paigned for per­se­cuted Chris­tians and led it for 22 years. A spokesman for the char­ity said: “We are im­mensely grieved that cur­rent cir­cum­stances oblige him to step down.” Rev. Paul Mur­salin will be­come act­ing in­ter­na­tional di­rec­tor and Hen­drik Storm will be­come CEO. Pa­trick Sookhdeo said: “It has been a priv­i­lege to serve the per­se­cuted Church for many years. I have al­ways been mo­ti­vated by the needs of Chris­tians fac­ing suf­fer­ing. I hope for many years to come I can con­tinue serv­ing those whom the world of­ten doesn’t no­tice. “My in­spi­ra­tion has al­ways been Barn­abas, the en­cour­ager, who stood up for the suf­fer­ing saints of the early Church. Please pray for me, as I pray for oth­ers.”

Barn­abas Fund founder steps down

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