Bishop attends Papal debate

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Bishop of Sheffield Dr Steven Croft has addressed a Synod of Christian Bishops called by Pope Benedict XVI.

Dr Croft, who is representing the Archbishop of Canterbury at the event in Rome, has called for Christian churches to ‘reach out’ to people who no longer attend services.

Dr Croft said he believes that new Christian communities should be formed ‘for the transmission of faith to those who are no longer part of any church’.

He told the Synod: “For the last 10 years, the Church of England has actively encouraged a new movement of mission, called fresh expressions of church.”

Dr Croft said the project aimed to ‘connect with the sections of society the parishes are no longer reaching’.

He added: “In the Church of England we have named this ‘pioneer ministry’.”

Visit to view a blog written by Dr Croft from Rome.