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  • 14 Feb 2007

    A warm East African welcome met Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams when he arrived in Tanzania yesterday (13 February 2007) for a crucial Anglican Primates' meeting ‚Ä' but a gay Christian leader from Nigeria had a different experience, being interrogated for several hours before being given a visa.

  • 14 Feb 2007

    A university-based Catholic research institute at the University of Cambridge has published a report which illustrates the shocking conditions endured by many migrant workers contributing to the economic life of the UK.

  • 14 Feb 2007

    Archbishop Peter Akinola, scourge of lesbian and gay people and their supporters in the worldwide Anglican Communion, had an unexpected Valentines Day encounter today ‚Ä' with the head of an organization that embodies the concerns of a group he has previously suggested do not exist, gay Christians in Nigeria.

  • 13 Feb 2007

    The head of the world's largest inter-Christian body says that the role of churches in combating prejudice and offering an alternative vision of justice and peace is a key component of their Gospel calling

  • 13 Feb 2007

    A major charitable trust has disposed of a £2 million shareholding in the company Reed Elsevier, because of its concerns over the company's involvement in promoting arms sales, reports Quaker Peace and Social Witness - part of the Society of Friends in the UK.

  • 13 Feb 2007

    The largest Christian gathering in Asia is taking place in India this week. The 112th Maramon Convention, which runs through to 18 February 2007 in Kerala, is organized annually by the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association, the mission and evangelism wing of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar ‚Ä' which has roots in both the Anglican and Orthodox traditions.

  • 13 Feb 2007

    Amid confusion about who will play a role at the global Anglican Primates meeting in Tanzania this week ‚Ä' with reports that even the evangelical Dr John Sentamu is unacceptable to hardliners gathered around Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola ‚Ä' a UK-based broad church organization has declared ‚ÄúEnough is Enough‚Äù.

  • 13 Feb 2007

    More than 70 percent of the world's population define themselves as people of faith, and faith-based organizations are involved in more than a quarter of care and treatment projects world-wide on HIV and AIDS, according to the head of a Geneva church-based advocacy group ‚Ä' writes Peter Kenny for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 13 Feb 2007

    International development agency Christian Aid is launching a new campaign and fundraising initiative for March 2007 ‚Ä' designed especially for five to 16 year olds, and concerned to help ‚Äúflush out‚Äù poverty. Almost literally.

  • 12 Feb 2007

    During his childhood in East Africa, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, now general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), recalls that he used to see from his home the snow-topped peaks of Mount Kenya in the distance - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 12 Feb 2007

    A report launched yesterday by the thinktank 'Theos', which argues for the retention of Bishops in a reformed House of Lords, has been criticised by humanists and Christians as failing to address issues of ethics, justice and equality.

  • 12 Feb 2007

    Both the Vatican and the UK government have declared themselves pleased with the private audience that UK Chancellor Gordon Brown enjoyed with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome last week.

  • 12 Feb 2007

    A region-concern alliance of major Christian denominations in the USA, Churches for Middle East Peace, has appealed to United States assistant secretary of state David Welch to seek a halt to Israeli excavations near the Temple Mount (Haram al- Sharif) in the Old City of Jerusalem - a major Islamic and Jewish holy site.

  • 11 Feb 2007

    Students from across the UK will gather together this coming weekend at the Student Christian Movement's annual conference to explore the theme of Reading the Bible - against a backdrop where there is increasing public concern aout the way religious texts are often abused by extreme and fundamentalist movements.

  • 11 Feb 2007

    Churches in Australia are at the centre of controversy for erecting signs declaring that "Jesus Loves Osama".