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  • 17 Mar 2008

    A set of ten action points has been issued by a Christian agency suggesting ways that refused asylum seekers and refugees can be helped. Churches and others in the UK are being urged to visit detainees in removal centres.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    New research from Christian international relief and development agency, World Vision, has suggested that 52 per cent of the UK population - 25 million people - believe that buying Easter eggs is a waste of money.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    The Iraqi dead, as well as those who have died from Britain, will be remembered in a 'public lament' later this week, marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. Dressed in red, participants will mourn the dead by name, both Iraqi and British, civilian and soldier.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    The Methodist Church in Britain has said that on the fifth anniversary of the US and UK-led invasion of Iraq, governments must learn that a military response that seeks to exert control can easily bring further chaos.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    The new Orthodox metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia says his priorities include dealing with the Chinese government to bring about the proper recognition of Orthodox Christians in mainland China.

  • 16 Mar 2008

    Faith communities in Britain have been urged to ask the British government tough questions about abuses in Iraq and to seek a public enquiry to determine what has happened in the years succeeding the invasion and occupation.

  • 16 Mar 2008

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has joined worldwide tributes paid to Chiara Lubich, founder of the religious and humanitarian Focolare Movement, whose death was announced on Friday.

  • 16 Mar 2008

    The United Methodist Church has been urged to think less about charity and more about social justice by becoming a partner in establishing free health clinics across the United States.

  • 15 Mar 2008

    Alex James, farmer, writer, broadcaster and former Blur band member, is joining forces with international development agency Christian Aid to help highlight the plight of farmers on the frontline of climate change in developing countries.

  • 15 Mar 2008

    Michael Heller, a Polish Roman Catholic priest and cosmologist whose intellectual and religious life has been grounded in the insights of of physics, cosmology, theology and philosophy, has won the 2008 Templeton Prize.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    In a reflection on faith and human rights for Easter, Savi Hensman argues that issues of life and death and the question about whether Christians are on the side of the powerful or the powerless go to the heart of the Gospel story.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    A Christian lawyer who played a major role in exposing the killings in Abu Naji, northern Iraq, will speak at an inter-faith meeting in London tomorrow.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    Members of different faiths will gather in Friends House in central London on Saturday to discuss The Iraq War and Occupation: Ethics and Values with a leading lawyer who has horrifying uncovered evidence of British involvement in atrocities.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    The United Reformed Church has appointed the Rev Roberta Rominger as its general secretary. She becomes the first woman to hold the senior post in the Church, or in any of its predecessor denominations.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    The Council of Churches in Indonesia has joined calls for a controversial Dutch film about Islam made by far-right politician Geert Wilders not to be shown. In the past he called for the Qur'an to be banned.