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  • 8 Feb 2008

    The recent debate about waterboarding raises awkward questions about the religious associations of torture in US policy, says William Schweiker. He argues that it is time for repentance.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    When is a terrorist a terrorist, and how is the violence of occupier and occupied to be understood and responded to by those committed to nonviolence? Dianne Roe asks the questions from an assignment in Palestine with CPT.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    The newspaper L'Osservatore Romano claims that the students and scientists who protested about the Pope giving a speech at their university last month had misunderstood his views on Galileo because of a mistake involving Wikipedia.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    The year has not begun well for Afghanistan, with suicide bombings, fears of a deteriorating security situation and reports of an increased presence by Taliban forces throughout the country, say church-based relief agencies.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    Lambeth Palace has been bracing itself for harsh morning headlines, after the Archbishop of Canterbury was widely interpreted as calling for the incorporation of Muslim Sharia law alongside English law. But is that what he said?

  • 8 Feb 2008

    Only a small number of the refugees arrested in a controversial police raid on Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa, remain in jail, according to the bishop there. Appeals went to Desmond Tutu for help.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    UK government plans to spend £100 million over the next five years helping poorer countries deal with the impact of global warming is a welcome acknowledgement of the rich world's "carbon debt" obligation, says Christian Aid.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    A group of leading scientifically and theologically qualified scholars has issued a clear rebuttal of the 'intelligent design' ideology that has gained ground among conservative religious believers, especially in the USA, in recent years.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    In the run up to the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Pax Christi and Fellowship of Reconciliation are organising a seminar to help Christian peace organisations and campaigners reflect on the current situation in Iraq and to discuss the way forward.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    Some Christian leaders in Kenya have commented are worried at the inability of the country's churches to speak with one voice about the violence that has followed disputed presidential election results, leading to 1,000 deaths.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI has made an appeal for an end to the current violence in the African nation of Chad, as apart of a series of conversations to promote reconciliation with justice in a number of war-torn countries and regions.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    The seizure by Malaysian customs officials of 32 English-language Bibles from a Christian woman who was bringing them into the country for a study group has prompted an outcry from Christians in the Muslim-majority country.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    Church leaders in West Yorkshire have issued a statement raising concerns about the Government's asylum policy. Endorsed by bishops and denominational leaders, it highlights the work UK churches are doing in support of asylum seekers.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    Bishop of Liverpool James Jones has called for a change of heart among Evangelicals in the bitter argument about sexuality, Scripture and authority. But he has not fully sanctioned same-sex relations, as some media reports have suggested.

  • 6 Feb 2008

    National ecumenical charity Church Action on Poverty is urging people to take on the life of someone who has been refused asylum, for a week during Lent, in order to understand what it is like to be in their shoes.