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  • 13 Feb 2009

    Talking with some and not to others while sealing off Gaza has been tried for a number of years, says Cecilie Surasky. This has brought immeasurable suffering to the besieged Palestinians in Gaza and great trauma to the citizens of Sderot in Israel. We need change.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    UK-based international development agency Christian Aid, along with and the Jubilee Debt Campaign, have welcomed the Swiss government’s decision to hand over approximately $6 million to Haiti.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    Teachers have a tough job trying to balance the needs of pupils from diverse backgrounds, says Simon Barrow. Trying to do so is not ‘political correctness’. It’s humanly decent, educationally necessary - and Christianly desirable, too.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    The head teacher of a Devon school has defended its actions in relation to the mother of a young child who upset a classmate by telling her that she would "go to hell" if she did not believe in God and Jesus.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    Zimbabwean Christians will join human rights campaigners in a Valentine’s Day vigil outside Zimbabwe’s embassy in London. Representatives of Christian organisations working in Zimbabwe, will deliver a Valentine’s card to the embassy.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has told the General Synod of the Church of England that the real significance of the world financial crisis and economic downturn is its impact on the poor and vulnerable.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    A Christian leader in Sudan has distanced himself from a call by some Muslims for young people to boycott Valentine's Day, because the celebration could lead people astray.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    The long road towards accepting women bishops in the Church of England became an inch shorter on 11 February as the Church of England's General Synod passed a tentative enabling motion.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    Lovers buying wine for Valentine’s Day tomorrow are being warned that South African workers face poverty wages supplying British supermarkets. In a new report the anti-poverty charity War on Want cites worsening conditions for employees as UK retailers and wine brokers pursue profit.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    Leaders of indigenous American Indian tribes are being invited to participate in celebrations in the United States to mark the launch of a new global church organization.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    Charity World Vision launches its 24 hour famine today, aimed at raising funds to help children and others in the commercial sex trade.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    Following its vote on Tuesday to ban its clergy and workers from membership of the BNP, the Church of England’s General Synod may call for the right to work for asylum seekers in the UK.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    One of the deep mysteries of the early 21st century is why one set of Christians tries to persuade another set of Christians to reject the theory of evolution, says Denis Alexander. He suggests a positive perspective on faith, science and Darwin.

  • 12 Feb 2009

    A year after an attempted assassination on East Timor's President José Ramos Horta, development agency Progressio has renewed calls for UK government action for peace with justice in the small, impoverished nation.

  • 12 Feb 2009

    A delegation from the British section of the ecumenical Catholic peace movement Pax Christi has set off on a six-day support and learning visit to various parts of Israel-Palestine.