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  • 16 May 2007

    Soulforce, a gay action group co-founded by one of Jerry Falwell's ex-workers, has sent condolences to his family and friends upon news of his death. A beacon of the religious right, Falwell implacably opposed homosexuality.

  • 16 May 2007

    A project helping young offenders in West London to re-connect with their belief background as a way of improving their behaviour has won a national Youth Justice award. It raises challenging questions about the role of faith in public life.

  • 15 May 2007

    David Ford says that slavery is still very much alive, and that the systems and ideas that underpin it also challenge the church's deep collusion with racism - and its unwillingness to be grasped by the Gospel.

  • 15 May 2007

    Debt on our Doorstep, the UK’s campaign for fair and responsible financial services, today called on TV personality Graham Norton not to endorse the behaviour of lenders charging over 1,000% APR.

  • 15 May 2007

    The Pope has attacked Marxism as well as unfettered capitalism on his visit to Brazil. But the ghost of Marx has positive as well as negative connotations for Christians and social justice campaigners concerned with inequity.

  • 15 May 2007

    Peter Heslam argues that the corruption row surrounding World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz taps into wider issues about money and development. Both the Bank and its critics have much to learn, he says.

  • 15 May 2007

    The Christian Homeless Charity and Advocacy group Housing Justice has welcomed the commitment given by Gordon Brown to increase affordable housing in Britain.

  • 14 May 2007

    Book-lovers in Edinburgh have been contemplating everything from Aesop's Fables to Judge Dredd - and they have raised volumes for Christian Aid's anti-poverty struggle, as well as adding volumes to their shelves.

  • 14 May 2007

    A coalition of national and regional religious leaders across the United States has launched a major initiative to "zero-out" funding for the production of new nuclear warheads. It has Christian and interfaith backing.

  • 13 May 2007

    The Anglican Bishop of Ripon and Leeds has apologized for the way Christians misused the Bible 200 years ago to justify slavery. In a parliamentary speech he called for more action against its modern manifestations.

  • 13 May 2007

    The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has gone on al-Jazeera to appeal the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, whose kidnap in Gaza has been denounced by the Iranian government and galvanised media freedom activists.

  • 13 May 2007

    Attempts to bring to justice past participators in human rights abuses in communist-era Poland are raising moral dilemmas for Protestant and Catholc Christians across the country. New law makes the issues unavoidable.

  • 12 May 2007

    Gordon Brown is focussing his bid to become PM on a restoration of faith in people, politics, integrity and the values of justice. He once again mentioned his Church of Scotland upbringing as a character forming inheritance.

  • 12 May 2007

    As Tony Blair prepares to step down as British PM, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) offers an assessment and balance sheet of the impact of his policies on international development.

  • 11 May 2007

    Churches in Malaysia have appealed to the country's government to reconsider a decision to withdraw support for a Christian-Muslim seminar that was to have been chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury.