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  • 19 Nov 2007

    It is time that the Church of England faced up to the widespread public concern surrounding church schools and stopped trying to pretend that fear about Church schools comes only from a vociferous anti-religious minority.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    In what will be a blow to both church and government which has supported new church schools, the results of the survey conducted by Opinion Research Business (ORB) on behalf of the Church show widespread distrust of church schools.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Young Catholics are being urged to follow the example of Mahatma Gandhi as they gather for National Youth Sunday. A new DVD, produced for National Youth Sunday, in association with Catholic Youth Services (CYS) and Pax Christi explores the themes of non-violence, peacemaking and justice.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Commuters amongst others will have the opportunity to reflect on Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est this Advent, courtesy of the British Jesuits.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Governments will today (Nov 19) be accused of denying millions of people in the developing world a simple medical breakthrough – sanitation - that transformed British society 150 years ago. A new report from Christian development agency Tearfund calls for a Global Action Plan.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Nobel Peace Laureate and South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says that Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams should be tackling homophobia in the church and making it a welcoming place for lesbian and gay people.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Coastal communities in Bangladesh and north-east India scrambled to shelters as a category 4 cyclone, with wind speeds of around 150 mph, caused devastation over the weekend - with nearly 3,000 dead, and the total likely to move toward 10,000.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    The case of a Sikh pupil suspended from a Welsh school for wearing a wrist bangle is now likely to go to judicial review after the school concerned refused to adopt a more flexible dress policy and is seeking further legal advice.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Every year 19th November is World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day falls on the day in 1792 when the Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals was patented. But campaigners say it also a day to celebrate the humble, yet vitally important, toilet and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. You can give a toilet through Christian Aid here

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Trying to make workplaces religion free is no solution to human fears about 'the other', says Simon Barrow, reflecting on recent cases of controversy involving religious dress and symbols in schools and companies.

  • 18 Nov 2007

    Christian faith is about sustaining faith in face of the knowledge and reality of death, says Simon Barrow. The feasts of All Saints and All Souls put us in solidarity with a host of people who have struggled to see right prevail.

  • 18 Nov 2007

    Former Ambassador and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Warren Clark has been named Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace. Clark will succeed Corinne Whitlatch, who has led CMEP for 21 years, at the end of 2007.

  • 18 Nov 2007

    International development agency Christian Aid has accused the British government of short-sightedness after the world’s first Climate Change Bill was published containing targets widely condemned as inadequate.

  • 18 Nov 2007

    US civil rights leader the Rev Jesse Jackson, speaking at the launch in Oxford of a programme aimed at increasing the number of black students in higher education, has challenged universities to reflect the diversity of society.

  • 18 Nov 2007

    Churches throughout the world are going to be asked to sponsor trees in a special "Luther Garden" in Wittenberg, in eastern Germany, in order to mark the 500th anniversary in 2017 of Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation.