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  • 21 Mar 2008

    "Know that you are dust and to dust you shall return", the church says in its liturgy. Where else do we speak of such things in public? asks Giles Fraser, reflecting on our cultural habit of shrinking from the reality of death.

  • 21 Mar 2008

    The United States and the United Kingdom are being forced this month (March 2008) to reflect on the recent heritage of their military interventions. Who or what are we trusting in when we choose the way of the sword over the way of the Cross, asks Simon Barrow. Where does salvation lie?

  • 20 Mar 2008

    The modern temptation is to dismiss resurrection as fantasy or reduce it to spiritualised sophistry, says Simon Barrow. The shape of the core Christian hope is both more substantial and more subtle than that.

  • 20 Mar 2008

    An international team of church representatives will pay a solidarity visit to churches and ecumenical organizations in Sudan from 26 March to 2 April 2008, it has been announced today.

  • 20 Mar 2008

    President George Bush and his wife Laura Bush will greet Pope Benedict XVI, April 15, when he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base for a six-day visit to the United States that will take him to Washington and New York City.

  • 20 Mar 2008

    An initiative in which 100 people have lived as failed asylum seekers for a week in a 'visible act of solidarity', comes to an end this Saturday. The people frpom across the country spent a week this Lent living on £3.50 and a typical food parcel in a project co-ordinated by the Boaz Trust.

  • 19 Mar 2008

    Zelda Jeffers and Fr Martin Newell of the London Catholic Worker community were sentenced to days in prison yesterday, at Stratford Magistrates Court, after pouring fake blood onto the gangway entrance to the DSEi (Defence System Equipment
    International) Arms Fair

  • 19 Mar 2008

    The Tufts Institute for Global Leadership has awarded a coffee company in California a prestigious award for supporting a co-op of Muslim, Christian and Jewish farmers in Africa. The Dr John Mayer Global Citizenship award has been given to the Thanksgiving Coffee Co. of Fort Bragg.

  • 18 Mar 2008

    Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the March 19 invasion of Iraq, the general secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC) has reiterated the conviction held by many US churches that the war has been a ‘disastrous mistake’ and should be brought to an end.

  • 18 Mar 2008

    A deep-rooted caste divide among Christians in India's southern Tamil Nadu state has come to the fore after two Catholics were killed at Eraiyur due to police firing during a clash between upper-caste and Dalit church members.

  • 18 Mar 2008

    An inquiry has been ordered following claims that some schools - most notably faith schools - have been breaking laws aimed at making admissions fairer. Schools Adjudicator Philip Hunter has been given until July for his probe.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    A set of ten action points has been issued by a Christian agency suggesting ways that refused asylum seekers and refugees can be helped. Churches and others in the UK are being urged to visit detainees in removal centres.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    New research from Christian international relief and development agency, World Vision, has suggested that 52 per cent of the UK population - 25 million people - believe that buying Easter eggs is a waste of money.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    The Iraqi dead, as well as those who have died from Britain, will be remembered in a 'public lament' later this week, marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. Dressed in red, participants will mourn the dead by name, both Iraqi and British, civilian and soldier.

  • 17 Mar 2008

    The Methodist Church in Britain has said that on the fifth anniversary of the US and UK-led invasion of Iraq, governments must learn that a military response that seeks to exert control can easily bring further chaos.