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Our diocese is a great place to be a Christian. It’s made up of 142 Church of England parishes in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You’ll find lots of information about our diocese, the Church and the Christian faith on these pages.

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ORDINATIONS 2016: Ordinand's cancer treatment featured on BBC documentary

Katy Garner was ordained in our cathedral on July 2. She thought she might never see that day after being diagnosed with cancer for a second time. Her treatment was filmed for a BBC documentary The Big C and Me. See here for details. Click here for photos of the ordination of priests, and here for photos of the ordination of deacons.

NEWS: Archbishop visits to mark milestone

The Archbishop of Canterbury will visit our cathedral in July to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Bethany. They are our diocese's only religious community and have an important role in prayer, service and support for our parishes. Click here for details.

NEWS: Biblical musical staged on Island

One of our churches is joining forces with the Wight Strollers to stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in July. You can enjoy the iconic songs from the show at Medina Theatre, and raise vital funds for St Peter's, Shorwell. Details here.

POMPEY CHIMES: July edition out now

The July edition of the Pompey Chimes previews a community Nativity play that will be staged in Leigh Park, reports on our celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday, asks school governors why they enjoy this demanding role, and speaks to the ordinand who has battled cancer twice and come through it. You can read it all here.

NEWS: Bishop's award for faithful worshippers

Bishop Christopher launched a brand new award by honouring 14 faithful worshippers for their devotion to serving others. The first St Thomas Awards were given to these stalwarts at Evensong in our cathedral. Click here for details.

NEWS: Headteacher commissioned in our cathedral

The new headteacher of St Jude's C of E Primary School in Old Portsmouth was commissioned in our cathedral in front of pupils, staff, governors and parents. Rachael Osborne, who had been acting head at the school, has been given the job on a permanent basis. Full story here.

NEWS: Churchgoers to support pupils as School Pastors

Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth will offer support to city pupils by becoming School Pastors. They'll volunteer to spend time during lunchtimes in Charter Academy from September. For details, see here.

NEWS: Generous churchgoers give more than 800 Easter eggs to needy families

Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth have donated more than 800 Easter eggs, which will be given to some of the city's neediest families. Their generosity came after an appeal co-ordinated by St Mary's Church, Fratton. Canon Bob White presented the chocolate eggs to staff from two deserving charities, so they could pass them on to their clients. Read more here:

NEWS: Guests see cathedral repairs

Our cathedral's tower and cupola are currently being repaired to prevent rainwater seeping through them and damaging the building. Dignitaries were invited to see the progress of the repairs at close quarters at a 'topping off' ceremony. Click here to read the full story and here to see all the photos.

STRATEGY: Launch of live | pray | serve

OUR new strategy has just been launched. live | pray | serve will be our motto for the foreseeable future, as we aim to live as disciples of Christ, pray for the transformation of ourselves and our society, and serve those in need. Read more about it here.

NEWS: First Dean of Pioneer Ministry and three new Cathedral Canons appointed

A Vicar has spoken of his excitement at being appointed as the first Dean of Pioneer Ministry in our Diocese. The Rev Peter Hall, Priest in Charge of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn, will develop, encourage and support pioneer ministry across the diocese. Click here to read the full story.

NEWS: Basics courses can help you

Interested in knowing more about Christianity, but don't know where to start? Find out more about courses examining the basics of Christianity, and some local people who have experienced them here.

You can also find out more from our website about Jesus, stories of other people's faith, frequent questions about Christianity, and how to pray.

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