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  • 7 Nov 2008

    Black Christian leaders in Britain have hailed the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States as a defining moment in the history of most powerful nation in the world and a great symbol for black people globally.

  • 7 Nov 2008

    Swiss chocolatier Blaise Poyet believes he has captured the essence of the Protestant reformer Jean Calvin in special chocolate pralines he created to mark the 500th anniversary of the religious figure who made his mark on European history.

  • 7 Nov 2008

    Kenyan church leaders have hailed the election of Senator Barack Obama as the 44th president of the USA, saying they hope it is a positive turn for Africa that can help steer good governance on the continent.

  • 6 Nov 2008

    The Church of England faced further gloom over its investments this morning, as a major hedge fund it has invested in was rocked by a late September slump.

  • 6 Nov 2008

    An international ecumenical churches' delegation led by World Council of Churches general secretary Dr Samuel Kobia, has visited Nicaragua to support work for peace and justice in one of the world's poorest countries.

  • 6 Nov 2008

    Development organisations are distributing emergency food aid, bottled water and hygiene kits to thousands of Honduran families who have been forced to flee their homes after nearly three weeks of torrential rain.

  • 6 Nov 2008

    The director of a leading nonviolent US task force for lesbian and gay people, which includes many religious believers, has said that the election of Barack Obama is “a day of blessing seasoned by loss,” given the bigotry of some local issue votes.

  • 6 Nov 2008

    British Parliamentarians are to lead a voyage on a 'peace ship' which will breach the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip. The boat - the 20 foot SS Dignity - leaves on Friday, and will travel from Larnaca to Gaza.

  • 6 Nov 2008

    Barack Obama’s election victory is a “momentous day” for the international community and offers renewed hope to millions of people around the world who live in poverty, Catholic development agency Progressio has declared.

  • 5 Nov 2008

    As the Spirit of Christmas Fair opened in London this morning, its owners Clarion Events faced ridicule over their complacent assertion that they were "entirely comfortable" with their recent purchase of arms fairs.

  • 5 Nov 2008

    The Methodist Church has responded to the Government’s announcements to allow National Health Service patients to buy extra medical treatment not available on the NHS with a call for clarity and a wider debate

  • 5 Nov 2008

    A new report on youth justice systems across Europe has questioned the UK's punitive approach to children. The Howard League for Penal Reform has today published 'Punishing children', a report that examines and compares different youth justice systems across Europe.

  • 5 Nov 2008

    UK Conservative leader David Cameron pipped Labour PM Gordon Brown in the quest for a brush with 'Obama magic' by hailing the new US president-elect as the first of a fresh, pioneering generation of world leaders.

  • 5 Nov 2008

    In a powerful speech to his supporters in Chicago which has been beamed across the world, US president-elect Barack Obama has said that his victory at the polls "is not the change, but the opportunity to make that change."

  • 5 Nov 2008

    Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States of America, the first African-American to hold the post. Celebrations have begun in the USA and across the world for what is seen as a moment of historic change.