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  • 20 Feb 2008

    Churches should be prepared to confront their differences honestly and to examine them in the light scripture, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I told a service to celebrate 60 years since the World Council of Churches was founded.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    Evangelical Alliance leader Joel Edwards is seeking to rehabilitate the word 'evangelical' and restore its links with the sense of good news (gospel) in which it has its roots. He is touring a new book called Agenda for Change.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    As Cubans absorbed the news that communist leader Fidel Castro had stepped down, Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque, prepared to welcome Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, as he visits the country.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    Members of the Church of England's General Synod have been told that it is 'highly unlikely' that a vote to allow women to become bishops will be taken before 2010. In the meantime the UK Parliament will continue to be the only democracy in the world with places exclusively reserved for men.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    As the furore over Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' remarks about religious and civil law subsides into a more considered debate beyond the headlines, the Anglican leader is receiving backing from some unexpected quarters.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Samuel Kobia, a Methodist monister from Kenya, has announced that he will not seek a second term at the head of the world's biggest Christian grouping.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    Britain’s appetite for Fairtrade produce is higher than most – UK shoppers are the second largest global customers of fairly traded products. But is this news quite as positive as we’ve been led to believe?

  • 18 Feb 2008
  • 18 Feb 2008

    The Economist magazine, a highly influential English-language international weekly, has come out in favour of the disestablishment of the Church of England and a clearer distinction between religion and governance.

  • 18 Feb 2008

    Churches and campaigners for asylum justice in Leeds and beyond are dismayed at the deportation of a member of a Baptist congregation. They say it highlights deep concerns about the fairness of the United Kingdom asylum system.

  • 18 Feb 2008

    Zimbabwe's Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has called for the postponement of the national elections due on 29 March 2008. They say there are signs that the poll will not be free and fair under current conditions.

  • 18 Feb 2008

    Representatives on the governing body of the 349 member World Council of Churches, which brings together Orthodox, Protestant and Anglican Christians and cooperates with the Roman Catholic Church, have been exploring a wider grouping.

  • 17 Feb 2008

    The natural presumption of Establishment insulates the Church of England, says Simon Barrow. Even worse, it takes the opposite direction to Jesus, who rejected worldly power in the Temptation that Christians recall during Lent.

  • 17 Feb 2008
  • 17 Feb 2008

    Pressures from several directions may put disestablishment of the Church of England back on the agenda, say reports following the General Synod and concerns about the long term impact of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Sharia speech.