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  • 14 Apr 2008

    Hopes that Zimbabwe’s neighbours would act to end the deepening crisis were dashed at the weekend when an all-night emergency summit of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) failed to acknowledge an emergency

  • 14 Apr 2008

    In advance of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the US, three prominent gay Catholics have urged the pontiff to enter into a dialogue with lesbian and gay Catholics. They addressed the pontiff through open statements about their lives, loves, and hopes for the church at a press conference at the end of last week.

  • 10 Apr 2008

    The High Court this morning ruled that the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) acted unlawfully when he stopped a corruption investigation into BAE Systems' arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

  • 10 Apr 2008

    Campaigners calling for the cancellation of poor country debts will begin a 36-day rolling fast on Saturday, ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Drop the Debt campaign in May.

  • 9 Apr 2008

    Church Action on Poverty has called on the Government to reconsider changes in the last Budget which have increased tax for the poorest families.

  • 8 Apr 2008

    "We remain committed to work side by side with the churches", the president of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has told representatives of an international ecumenical delegation in Juba, Southern Sudan.

  • 4 Apr 2008

    International development agencies have warned that Zimbabwe is becoming increasingly tense as election results continue to hang in the balance. Agencies are also deeply concerned about the counting and tabulation of votes cast.

  • 3 Apr 2008

    The Church in Wales yesterday rejected a Bill which would have allowed women to be ordained as bishops. The measure was voted down by just three votes. Archbishop Barry Morgan spoke of his “deep disappointment”.

  • 2 Apr 2008

    The Bush administration is writing blank checks for weapons systems that are hundreds of billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule while cutting funds that help real people at home and abroad

  • 1 Apr 2008

    Church Action on Poverty (CAP) has warmly welcomed a new report which finds significant failings in the UK asylum system. The report condemns the Government policy of making refused asylum-seekers destitute.

  • 29 Mar 2008

    Amid ongoing fighting and humanitarian crises in several regions of Sudan, the Sudanese people and churches face "tremendous tasks and challenges", an international church visitors on an eight-day solidarity visit have been told.

  • 28 Mar 2008

    Everyone is talking about the 'credit crunch'. Patrick Hynes, from Oikocredit, reflects on how access to fair finance continues to be a problem for people who are poor, and proposes a simple solution.

  • 28 Mar 2008

    The Anglican Bishop of Taiwan and one of his senior priests say they are saddened by the failure of the electorate on the island to pass two referendums asking whether Taiwan should enter the United Nations.

  • 28 Mar 2008

    Controversial Scottish Catholic leader Keith O'Brien, accused of making intemperate and inaccurate remarks over the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, has vowed to keep the pressure on PM Gordon Brown.

  • 28 Mar 2008

    The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has caused a heated debate with a proposal that instead of single-faith schools funded by the public, all schools should become practising multi-faith institutions.