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  • 31 Jan 2007

    Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society (NSS), has claimed that Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, is making false claims about the impact of the government's refusal to exempt the Church from anti-discrimination legislation.

  • 31 Jan 2007

    A new Canadian television series, 'Little Mosque on the Prairie', has attracted worldwide media attention since its debut on 9 January 2007 - writes Kristine Greenaway for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 31 Jan 2007

    Tony Blair announced on Monday (29th January 2007) that faith-based adoption agencies will not have special exemptions from the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, but that they will have a ‘transition period' of 21 months before the SORs come fully into force at the end of 2008. He also paid tribute to the work of agencies motivated by religious faith, and stated that it was important to ensure that the expertise and services of these groups was not lost.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) has given a broad welcome to Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposal that adoption agencies currently operating under restrictions imposed by Roman Catholic bishops should be given 21 months to find a way of continuing to serve children without discriminating against lesbian and gay couples.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    Eight Zimbabwean church leaders have been released on bail after being detained for allegedly holding an illegal political meeting in a church on the evening of 26 January 2007, said officials siad today.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and the most senior figure in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has claimed that the government's decision to refuse the Church an opt out from anti-discrimination legislation threatens the voluntary work of all churches.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has warned that an unhealthy obsession with homosexuality means African churches risk ignoring real problems facing the continent ‚Ä' and has added that the mistreatment of lesbian gay people is like apartheid.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    While ‘culture wars' in the United States absorb much media attention, a campaigning coalition which brings together religious and secular groups is working to ensure that January 2007 marks not only the beginning of a new year but also a fresh push to eliminate the debt crippling impoverished nations.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    Members of a Colorado mega-church rocked by revelations that its high-profile pastor had a three-year relationship with a then male sex worker, met the accuser face-to-face when he visited their congregation on Sunday 28 January 2007.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    As a coordinator for a project documenting how a long-running armed conflict continues to impact Colombia's Protestant churches, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker Janna Hunter-Bowman spent hours poring through horrific details of deaths and threats and exploring how Christians are continuing to live out their faith in the midst of pervasive violence - writes Marla Pierson Lester.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    After being separated for decades along ethnic lines by a history of colonialism and apartheid, Namibia's three Lutheran churches are moving towards unity following an announcement that they have established a combined church council- writes Rodrick Mukumbira for Ecumenical News International(ENI).

  • 29 Jan 2007

    In a further response to an article by the new leader of the Australia Labor Party, Kevin Rudd, on 'Faith and Politics', a senior Cabinet minister has accused him of using his Christian faith for political point scoring.

  • 29 Jan 2007

    The UK government has announced there will be no exemption from anti-discrimination laws for Catholic adoption agencies, but that they will get 21 months to prepare for change, which will make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian and gay people.

  • 29 Jan 2007

    The first all-women peacekeeping unit has begun work in Liberia, joining the United Nations Peacekeeping operations. Though they are well armed, they are also developing the use of unarmed and non-violent interventions, “changing the balance of approach”, some experts say.

  • 29 Jan 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, has denounced the political manipulation of the Nazi Holocaust for current political ends, and has called for a renewed struggle against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms.