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5 things we learned this week

Fri 25 Mar 2016
By Sam Hailes

Here's five things we learned this week in the world of Christian news:

1. Women in the UK are more likely to pray than men

A new report has suggested women are more likely to pray and attend religious services than men.

The Pew Research Center also found that women are more likely than men to see faith as a "very important" part of their life.

The research shows Christian women in the UK are 16 per cent more likely to pray every day.


2. (Almost) everyone loves the Pope

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Pope Francis is more popular than any other leader, according to a new poll.

The WIN/Gallup poll of around 1,000 people across the globe found the pontiff was more popular than American President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the British Prime Minister David Cameron.


3. Fewer people believe in God, but more think there is an afterlife



Belief in God is declining despite more people thinking there is an afterlife, a major new study in the United States has concluded.

The study showed a three-fold increase in the number of people who consider themselves atheist.


4. Matt Redman and Bishop Angaelos have won awards


Archbishop of Canterbury Most Revd Justin Welby has announced a new set of Lambeth Awards recognising outstanding service in various fields.

This year's winners include UK Coptic church leader Bishop Angaelos, worship leader Matt Redman and former MP Sir Tony Baldry.


5. Bristol is the UK's kindest city



A survey has found Bristolians are the kindest people in Britain. Co-Operative Food's poll of 4000 people across 19 cities found Belfast was the second kindest city, with Aberdeen coming in third.

Londoners were the least likely to help a stranger.

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