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  • 10 Feb 2008

    Following the row over the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech on Sharia law, the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has said it is content that its own marriage tribunal decisions are not enforceable in civil courts.

  • 9 Feb 2008

    Supporters of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and On Earth Peace, an agency of the US Church of the Brethren, have visited the West Bank and Israel to explore civil society responses to conflict, security and community.

  • 9 Feb 2008

    An Anglican bishop will be expected to take equal opportunities training and faces costs of some £50,000 after a tribunal awarded a gay youth worker £47,000 compensation after ruling that he had been discriminated against.

  • 9 Feb 2008

    As Dr Rowan Williams faced calls for his resignation last night over the row about his Sharia speech, Lambeth Palace issued a statement suggesting that recognition for Christianity in a secular state requires a multi-faith settlement.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    The recent debate about waterboarding raises awkward questions about the religious associations of torture in US policy, says William Schweiker. He argues that it is time for repentance.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    When is a terrorist a terrorist, and how is the violence of occupier and occupied to be understood and responded to by those committed to nonviolence? Dianne Roe asks the questions from an assignment in Palestine with CPT.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    The newspaper L'Osservatore Romano claims that the students and scientists who protested about the Pope giving a speech at their university last month had misunderstood his views on Galileo because of a mistake involving Wikipedia.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    The year has not begun well for Afghanistan, with suicide bombings, fears of a deteriorating security situation and reports of an increased presence by Taliban forces throughout the country, say church-based relief agencies.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    Lambeth Palace has been bracing itself for harsh morning headlines, after the Archbishop of Canterbury was widely interpreted as calling for the incorporation of Muslim Sharia law alongside English law. But is that what he said?

  • 8 Feb 2008

    Only a small number of the refugees arrested in a controversial police raid on Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa, remain in jail, according to the bishop there. Appeals went to Desmond Tutu for help.

  • 8 Feb 2008

    UK government plans to spend £100 million over the next five years helping poorer countries deal with the impact of global warming is a welcome acknowledgement of the rich world's "carbon debt" obligation, says Christian Aid.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    A group of leading scientifically and theologically qualified scholars has issued a clear rebuttal of the 'intelligent design' ideology that has gained ground among conservative religious believers, especially in the USA, in recent years.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    In the run up to the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Pax Christi and Fellowship of Reconciliation are organising a seminar to help Christian peace organisations and campaigners reflect on the current situation in Iraq and to discuss the way forward.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    Some Christian leaders in Kenya have commented are worried at the inability of the country's churches to speak with one voice about the violence that has followed disputed presidential election results, leading to 1,000 deaths.

  • 7 Feb 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI has made an appeal for an end to the current violence in the African nation of Chad, as apart of a series of conversations to promote reconciliation with justice in a number of war-torn countries and regions.