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  • 28 Apr 2008

    Two senior black United Methodist clergy in the USA, also longtime civil-rights advocates, say there are parallels between the struggles of blacks in the 1960s and those of gays and lesbians working for full inclusion in the church today.

  • 28 Apr 2008

    As the government faces criticism on its anti-poverty policies, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has called for more action to protect the poorest and most vulnerable from the likely consequences of an economic downturn.

  • 28 Apr 2008

    A leading regional church figure says Christians in Palestine-Israel are living in a difficult situation, with some cases of Muslim-Christian tension. But talk of 'persecution' is exaggerated and the real task is to combat injustice.

  • 28 Apr 2008

    In the fourth week since Zimbabwe went to the polls a violent crack down is clearly underway, says Christian aid agency Tearfund, but churches are opening their doors to shelter the victims of harassment

  • 26 Apr 2008

    The World Council of Churches has called for the immediate release of the full and complete results of disputed elections in Zimbabwe, as Christians around the world prepare to take part in an international day of prayer for the nation.

  • 25 Apr 2008

    The Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint statement in support of the strong voice of fellow Christians in Zimbabwe, as the country's post-election crisis appears to be worsening.

  • 25 Apr 2008

    Nancy R. Heisey is being taken for a ride, but she's not objecting. The religion scholar, who is also president of Mennonite World Conference, is "trying to do my responsible part" in caring for the environment by leaving her car at home.

  • 25 Apr 2008

    The election of former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo as president of Paraguay is a further sign of a left-wing shift in Latin America, according to long-term observers of the region's sometimes volcanic political scene.

  • 24 Apr 2008

    A delegation led by the Rev Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has travelled to Syria wishing to learn from the country's long experience of Christians and Muslims living peacefully together.

  • 24 Apr 2008

    Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has announced that he has had an Evangelical Christian 'conversion'. He said that he became a Christian when he was a young Sergeant in the Police force.

  • 24 Apr 2008

    The High Court has formally quashed the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) decision to drop its corruption investigation into BAE Systems arms deals with Saudi Arabia. The decision is a huge success for the campaign groups that brought the case.

  • 24 Apr 2008

    The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has called for an arms embargo against Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, amid growing evidence of a campaign of violent intimidation against political opponents.

  • 24 Apr 2008

    The Rev Philip Potter, a former general secretary of the World Council of Churches, has been honoured by the South African government for his determined commitment to combatting racism and apartheid in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • 24 Apr 2008

    The Patron Saint of England (and a number of other countries) has been hailed a human rights campaigner by fellow activist Peter Tatchell - who backs ideas that his national day should be a public holiday celebrating dissent.

  • 24 Apr 2008

    The international relief and development agency World Vision has launched its two-week child sponsorship campaign with the support of Spice Girl and mum of one, Emma Bunton, appealing to people in the UK.