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The Church of England is facing embarrassment as one of its own priests prepares to pray for peace on the steps of a church building as generals and arms dealers arrive for a major conference.
Almost 3000 people have signed a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, calling on him to sever Church of England ties with the arms industry.
Three peaceful protesters were today removed by police from Church House in Westminster, London as the building hosted a conference sponsored by arms companies.
Participants in a conference sponsored by arms companies found Christians celebrating Holy Communion on the steps of the Church House Conference Centre this morning.
A coalition of Christian campaigners have called for the Church of England to stop facilitating arms trade events.
Pope Francis last week attacked the “duplicity” of those who profit from the arms trade but “call themselves Christian”.
Westminster Abbey has again drawn criticism over its treatment of protesters after threatening to evict Christians singing hymns outside a nearby arms conference.
The most bizarre moment of today’s vigil outside an arms conference at Church House was when Westminster Abbey’s staff told us that we were not allowed to sing hymns on their land.
A conference sponsored by arms companies will take place at Church House this morning, as Christian opponents of the arms trade pray and protest outside.
The Church House Conference Centre, located in the Church of England's administrative headquarters near Westminster Abbey, is again to host a conference sponsored by arms dealers.
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Christian Aid has issued a statement from its Chair, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
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