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  • 7 Nov 2007

    "Some would have said that this event was not possible, but here we are - and the world wonders what will come next," said the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia at the opening of the Global Christian Forum taking place in Limuru, Kenya.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    A Catholic aid agency has welcomed plans for the Climate Change Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech yesterday, but says standards within it must be higher than currently being proposed.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    A diverse group of prominent lay Catholics - including 11 former ambassadors and former chairmen of the Republican and Democratic National Committees - have called for a more civil tone to replace the 'divisive rhetoric and partisan attacks that define' national political debates in the US.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    Two senior clergy, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds and the Chair of the Methodist District will come face to face with the renowned nightlife of Leeds when they spend an evening with police officers and a team of church volunteers on the city centre streets this coming Friday night at the launch of a new initiative.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    A global gathering bringing together representatives of all the world's main Christian traditions - Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, Evangelical, and Pentecostal - has opened in Kenya with leaders saying they want new ways of working together.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    As the political debate around the Queen's speech continues, the Methodist Church in Britain has made a careful response to a range of issues - including climate change, social policy, human rights and bioethics.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    Pope Benedict XVI has met for the first time with a Saudi Arabian monarch, the controversial King Abdullah. A carefully worded communique from the Vatican avoids an mention of the human rights issues that have caused outrage among campaigners.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Mennonites and Catholics are developing a common statement to the World Council of Churches for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011. The convocation is culmination of the churches' Decade to Overcome Violence (2001 – 2010).

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Ahead of a US Senate vote on the 2007 farm bill, churches across America have delivered local messages calling for access to locally grown food, guarantees farmers' access to conservation programmes, and respect for the environment.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Mennonites have welcomed the opportunity recently presented to their 1.2 million strong world body to dialogue officially with the Roman Catholic Church on peace and theological concerns, as part of a historic visit to the Vatican.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Following the controversial state visit of King Abdullah, peace campaigners are going to the Royal Courts of Justice at the end of the week to challenge an official decision to end an investigation into Saudi arms links.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    As fireworks cracked and revellers cheered to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes' unsuccessful plot against parliament in 1605, a very different kind of conspiracy was launched on the world from an office near London Bridge last night.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    A unique gathering of high level church leaders starting on Tuesday 6 November 2007 near Nairobi, Kenya, features the broadest range of Christian traditions ever represented at a global meeting, says its organisers.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    Pakistani Christians are expressing concern about the public order situation in their country following President Pervez Musharraf's widely criticised suspension of constitutional government and his declaration of a state of emergency.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    A leading charity is to launch a television advertising campaign this week featuring major celebrities who urge Christmas shoppers to send gifts such as condoms and toilets to the developing world.