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Friday, July 9, 1999 Published at 05:15 GMT 06:15 UK


Church synod gathers

The Lord's Prayer is on the agenda

The leaders of the Church of England are due to gather to discuss topics as diverse as the Stephen Lawrence inquiry and the revision of the marriage ceremony.

The meeting of the General Synod, taking place at the University of York until 13 July, will include an address by the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Rev Dr John Sentamu, one of the assessors to the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.

He will identify the challenges he believes the report throws up for the Church.

The Synod will also be asked to give final approval to the versions of the Lord's Prayer contained in the new Common Worship Book to be used at churches throughout England.

It will also give further consideration to revisions of the marriage and funeral services.

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