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  • 10 Jan 2008

    World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia has called upon all Kenyan political leaders to keep moving towards dialogue while praising the countries' churches for their role in peacemaking.

  • 9 Jan 2008

    Charges of 'double standards' have been levelled at evangelical aid agency Tearfund and its President, theologian and Thought for the Day broadcaster Elaine Storkey, over alleged religious discrimination.

  • 9 Jan 2008

    A British Airways worker has lost her case for religious discrimination over wearing a gold jewellery cross to work. It is the latest in a spate of recent cases where Christians have claimed to be discriminated against, and courts have subsequently ruled that they have not.

  • 9 Jan 2008

    The Bishop of Liverpool is being sued for religious discrimination by a leading Evangelical theologian - on the grounds she was treated as the "wrong kind of Christian". The case is being brought by Elaine Storkey.

  • 9 Jan 2008

    The Church of England has compiled a Post Christmas Debt Check for consumers worried about how much their wallets have been hit by Christmas and New Year spending.

  • 9 Jan 2008

    In marking their annual visit to Rome, Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, has told the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican that peace is an integral way of life, not merely the absence of conflict.

  • 9 Jan 2008

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu says he has great hopes that a peaceful resolution can be reached between Kenyan parties engaged in a violent conflict after disputed presidential elections.

  • 9 Jan 2008

    Christian climate campaigners have appointed an award-winning documentary maker as their lead campaign strategist. Mark Dowd, a former Dominican Friar and television producer / presenter, is to take up the post with Operation Noah.

  • 8 Jan 2008

    Church and civic leaders in Iraq are expressing concern after reports that a number of churches were bombed on Sunday 6 January 2007, following Eid and Christmas, and at a time when Orthodox Christians were celebrating New Year’s Eve.

  • 8 Jan 2008

    Anabaptism, a dissenting Christian tradition associated with the world's historic peace churches, provides a specific way of understanding what it means to follow Jesus, a leading presenter at a major Mennonite consultation has declared.

  • 8 Jan 2008

    The Christian think tank Ekklesia has renewed its call for the repeal of the UK's archaic blasphemy laws. An amendment to abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel has been tabled by Evan Harris MP to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, and the issue is drawing support from people of all faiths and none.

  • 8 Jan 2008

    An MP will this week seek to bring an end to Britain's controversial blasphemy laws - as a broad cross-section of believers, humanists and civil rights campaigners continue to argue that they are unnecessary, repressive and outdated.

  • 8 Jan 2008

    Representative's of Britain's armed forces are reacting with fury to a report which says that some of their recruitment advertising is giving young people, in particular, a misleading and glamourised picture of military life.

  • 7 Jan 2008

    Christian groups and churches in Indian's eastern state of Orissa are demanding urgent protection, saying they have been hounded by Hindu extremists, with reports of nine people being killed in attacks since Christmas.

  • 7 Jan 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, has made another appeal for peace and dialogue in Kenya following recent violence and disturbances in the wake of the country's presidential elections.