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  • 17 Jun 2007

    The leader of a major grouping of African churches has expressed outrage at human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, and has urged the world to help resolve the political crisis in the southern African country.

  • 17 Jun 2007

    The British Humanist Association has welcomed parts of the report published by the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, but has warned against religious divisions in public welfare and education provision.

  • 16 Jun 2007

    Fighting between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip has highlighted the urgent need for the international community to end the isolation and blockade on the Palestinian government, say churches and NGOs.

  • 16 Jun 2007

    The determination of some religious and anti-religious people to blame each other for the world's evils is part of a damaging drift to fanaticism, argues Simon Barrow. What we all need is self-critique and hopefulness.

  • 16 Jun 2007

    Though the Christian Aid Week fundraising total is yet to be announced, the UK-based international development charity has expressed gratitude for its many resourceful supporters - stretching well beyond Britain's churches.

  • 15 Jun 2007

    The heads of the historic Christian churches (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) in the divided city of Jerusalem have made a strong, united spiritual appeal for an end to the continuing fighting between Fateh and Hamas.

  • 15 Jun 2007

    The general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches has renewed calls for greater efforts at achieving equality and justice in global Christian mission relations, continuing a long-standing debate.

  • 15 Jun 2007

    For the first time, a woman has been appointed as head of the global Caritas Internationalis network of official Catholic relief and development agencies. She formerly worked for the UK aid agency, CAFOD.

  • 14 Jun 2007

    The official ecumenical body Action of Churches Together in Scotland is holding a national service this weekend at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, to commemorate the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

  • 14 Jun 2007

    Both religious believers and human rights campaigners are furious that a senior Vatican spokesperson is encouraging Catholics to withdraw support from Amnesty International because it supports the decriminalization of abortion for women facing violence.

  • 13 Jun 2007

    Senior US Christian leaders are pressing the Bush administration and Congress to end current bans on travel to Cuba, calling on both the Houses of Representatives and Senate to support bipartisan legislation in favour of cultural and religious freedom.

  • 13 Jun 2007

    The Church of England faces an "uphill battle" if it pursues legal action against Sony over images of Manchester Cathedral in a wargame, says a lawyer. The Church is being called on to promote peacemaking instead.

  • 13 Jun 2007

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Germany's biggest Protestant gathering that the results of her meeting with leaders from the G8 industrial nations marked a "step forward" - though much remains to be done.

  • 12 Jun 2007

    A Catholic church in Aberdeen facing closure will now remain open, ­thanks to community appeals and an influx of new parishioners from Poland. The Church is increasingly reliant on new migrant workers.

  • 12 Jun 2007

    Billions of dollars are flooding out of Africa through ilicit means which have little to do with internal corruption, and which dwarf efforts at development assistance, says leading churches' agency Christian Aid.