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Vigil for imprisoned anti-war Catholic priest

Vigil for imprisoned anti-war Catholic priest

Members of the London Catholic Worker group are organising another vigil outside Wandsworth prison tomorrow (Saturday 22 March 2014), from 1-4 pm, in support of imprisoned peace and anti-war activist Martin Newell, a Catholic priest from east London.

International Women's Day 2014 inspires change

International Women's Day 2014 inspires change

Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Outcome of parliamentary Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) debate

Outcome of parliamentary Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) debate

The full motion (the "question put and agreed", in parliamentary language) in the WOW petition debate on a cumulative impact assessment welfare reform in the House of Commons on 27 February 2014 is set out in full below.

Launch in Scotland of 'Christians for Independence' group

Launch in Scotland of 'Christians for Independence' group

The launch event has taken place today for a network of Christians in Scotland who think that a 'Yes' vote in the 2014 independence referendum would offer significant opportunities for churches and other civic groups to contribute to a better nation and a better world.

World Council of Churches' youth stewards programme 2014

World Council of Churches' youth stewards programme 2014

Young Christians from around the world are invited to apply to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Stewards Programme for the WCC Central Committee meeting which will be held from 26 June to 10 July 2014.

Crunch day for Lobbying Bill in the Lords

The Lobbying Bill returns to the House of Lords today, Tuesday 28 January 2014, and the Commons shorty afterwards, as the 'ping pong' process follows the Commons decision to overturn key Lords amendments - ones with the overwhelming backing of charities, NGOs, voluntary organisations, civil society campaign groups, unions, and hundreds of thousands of members of the public who have been pressing parliamentarians on the issue.

Holocaust Memorial Day: journeys of despair and hope

Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and the Nazi death machine generally, as well as earlier and more recent genocides across the world, is being observed in Britain today (27 January 2014).

Asylum Aid report urges media engagement

Asylum Aid report urges media engagement

Asylum Aid has published a new report entitled Dividing Lines: Asylum, the media and some reasons for (cautious) optimism.

Trial of Christian anti-arms trade protesters due for 3 and 4 February

Trial of Christian anti-arms trade protesters due for 3 and 4 February

The trial of Christian activists who caused a huge blockage of arms dealers trying to enter the DSEi military equipment show in London in September 2013 will take place on the 3 and 4 February 2014 at Stratford Magistrates Court.

NCVO research project on welfare changes

Anjelica Finnegan started work at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) this week and will be leading a new Joseph Rowntree Fund-financed research project to find out about the experiences of voluntary organisations dealing with the government's welfare changes in the Welfare Reform Act.