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  • 2 Oct 2009

    The Vatican's representative at the United Nations has shocked listeners by suggesting that there could be more child abuse within Protestant and Jewish communities than in the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 2 Oct 2009

    The UK-based international development agency, Christian Aid, has launched an emergency appeal for victims of the Indonesian earthquake. Its partner agencies in the country have already sent emergency task forces to the affected area.

  • 2 Oct 2009

    Progressio has welcomed a pledge by Gordon Brown to ensure the UK government spends 0.7% of national income on aid to the world’s poorest - but says says that adaption funds for climate change must also be a top priority.

  • 2 Oct 2009

    The current and incoming General Secretaries of the World Council of Churches have said that honest conversation is the basis of meaningful interfaith encounter and the hopeful collaboration that can spring from it.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    Seventeen years after the war ended in Mozambique, churches are still collecting and destroying weapons and cleaning up areas of unexploded ordnance so the land can be farmed, says Juan Michel. It shows how hope can be built out of destruction.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    The news that BAE will be prosecuted shouldn't be such a surprise. In a fair world, it would be normal. But fairness is not a quality that has ever applied to BAE, a company that has spent years using its influence to avoid facing justice.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    The arms company BAE Systems will be charged with corruption after years of allegations and controversy. The Serious Fraud Office has asked the attorney-general to initiate prosecution on charges of multimillion pound bribery.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    The number of recorded victims of a powerful earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra yesterday is increasing rapidly and now exceeds 500. International aid and development organisations are gearing up for action

  • 1 Oct 2009

    Leaders of churches actively engaged in cooperation and the search for common witness will meet in Greece early next month to address the question of “Christian unity from a new perspective”.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    A Sikh delegation from the United States has met with Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan Minister of Minority Affairs, to discuss minority rights and humanitarian aid relief for minorities in Pakistan.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    As the UN declares caste-based discrimination a human rights violation, Indian Christian leaders have called on the churches to confess that the caste system has not been fully removed from their own communities.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    A new Church of Scotland publication is urging its congregations to make more creative multi-purpose use of their buildings, instead of only using them for services once or twice a week.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    UK-based international development NGO Christian Aid yesterday staged a Mass Visual Trespass at Parliament to demand climate justice at the forthcoming United Nations summit in Copenhagen

  • 30 Sep 2009

    The government is facing yet another criticism over the war in Afghanistan after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) admitted that a girl in the country's Helmand province died due to a leaflet drop by the Royal Air Force (RAF).

  • 30 Sep 2009

    Human rights groups have urged the Malaysian government to place a moratorium on the punishment of caning after an appeal court upheld a six strokes caning sentence given to a Muslim woman for drinking alcohol in public.