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  • 12 Sep 2007

    The Romanian Protestant cleric who is said to have sparked the 1989 revolution that overthrew of Nicolae Ceausescu, the country's former communist dictator, boycotted the recent European church assembly in Romania, accusing it of 'shop window ecumenism'.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    Fierce critic of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Pius Ncube, has resigned as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo after a sex scandal involving a married woman.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    Church leaders and communities facing situations of violence in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New Orleans will share their experiences with an international team from different churches, who will visit the United States next week.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    An international arms fair opening in London yesterday was met with a wave of protest from local residents, community leaders, politicians and Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

  • 11 Sep 2007

    Speaking to the Church Times newspaper ahead of her appearance at the Greenbelt Christian arts festival back in 2004, Dame Anita Roddick - who died yesterday - declared at the time: “What’s wonderful about being my age is having to face your prejudices."

  • 11 Sep 2007

    Tributes have been pouring in for ethical business pioneer Anita Roddick, who died on 10 September 2007 aged 64 after a major brain haemorrhage. A supporter of numerous causes, she disliked institutional religion but loved the alternative Christian arts festival Greenbelt.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called for a binding international treaty to protect churches, mosques, synagogues and other sites of spiritual significance.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    “Keeping our faith in times of trouble” is a model of hope, an international Anabaptist delegation to Zimbabwe has affirmed. It says the Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) in the troubled country is alive and strong. The Mennonite World Conference team also met local Catholics.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    The Ministry of Defence is accused by MPs today of massaging figures, casting doubt on its ability to plan for the new £19bn successor to the UK's Trident nuclear system.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    European Commission president José Manuel Barroso has praised the role of Christianity in promoting European unification, and has appealed to religions to strengthen the values on which the unity of the continent is based.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    Some 250 supporters of human rights gathered to protest at the new Wembley Stadium during the England-Israel qualifying match for the Euro 2008 competition - highlighting the plight of a Palestinian youth team denied a visa to visit Britain.

  • 10 Sep 2007

    Talk of the efficacy or otherwise of the surge is a smokescreen, says Simon Barrow. There is no long-term military solution to Iraq’s nightmare. But viable alternatives are being sought within civil society.

  • 10 Sep 2007

    Information released this morning reveals that the Government has invited a number of oppressive regimes to send representatives to an arms fair in London which begins tomorrow.

  • 10 Sep 2007

    Churches in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo, are launching emergency distributions of water and warning of ‘disastrous’ water shortages that could lead to diseases like cholera.

  • 10 Sep 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Professor Tariq Ramadan are to address the role of faith in British society at the first Christian Muslim Forum annual conference, which starts today (Monday) in Cambridge.