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  • 19 Oct 2010

    Lower meat diets could prevent around 45,000 early deaths, save the NHS £1.2 billion each year and help to tackle climate change, according to new research.

  • 19 Oct 2010

    Campaigners and commentators have pointed out that the government's National Security Strategy, published yesterday, undermines the case for renewing Trident.

  • 19 Oct 2010

    Campaigners set to protest against huge cuts in jobs and services in the UK government spending review warn that poor people will be hit hardest.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    The situation of Christian minorities has been among the topics discussed by the General Congregation of the Synod of Catholic Bishops for the Middle East.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    The Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Catholic Bishops, meeting with other Christian leaders as observers, faces major challenges in church and society, reports adviser Harry Hagopian. But there are also grounds of hope for promoting peace and justice in the region.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    Campaigning churches' charity Housing Justice has announced new funding for initiatives aimed at tackling the growing rural housing crisis.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    Christian Aid Scotland and the Church of Scotland have launched a report raising awareness of the billions lost to poor countries from tax evasion and avoidance.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    Despite being rescued by taxpayers during the crash, UK banks will avoid paying £19 billion of tax on future profits by offsetting their losses against tax.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    The growing food crisis, which is leaving millions of people without enough to eat, has inequality at its root, says a leading development agency.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    Tthe Rev Jesse Jackson will be in London on Wednesday 20 October to back a lobby of Parliament on climate change and global tax transparency.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    “Why don’t we have a campaign to break up Tesco?” This was the suggestion of the presenter of The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4

  • 17 Oct 2010

    Many progressive Christians found themselves experiencing profoundly mixed feelings both about Pope Benedict’s visit and about the protests against it, says Simon Barrow. This is perhaps because neither imperial religion nor rejectionist forms of secularism are adequate to the task of remaking public life and public faith.

  • 17 Oct 2010

    Christianity is essentially a radical rescue operation, rather than a bourgeois message of moral self-improvement, says Giles Fraser. To live out a Christian life and to develop life-enhancing ethics, we need solidarity and help from beyond ourselves.

  • 17 Oct 2010

    Party conferences, at least for the 'big three', have become an elaborate ritual for the faithful, says Simon Barrow. But their well-spun manoeuvres have little to do with the 'new politics', let alone the harsh word of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

  • 17 Oct 2010

    The benefit system is notoriously complicated, leaving both claimants and officials struggling, says Savi Hensman. Errors are far higher in value than estimated fraud. This in turn is far less than the estimated £16 billion of unclaimed benefit every year. Yet the UK government is seeking to further punish the poor.