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  • 17 Oct 2007

    The health of children should be a bipartisan concern, says the US United Church of Christ's general minister and president, calling politicians to override of a presidential veto against an expansion of a crucial children's health insurance programme.

  • 17 Oct 2007

    The National Council of Churches USA's Justice for Women Working Group is working with people of faith across America in October 2007 to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month and make sure the churches take the issue seriously.

  • 17 Oct 2007

    A church charity has attacked Tory Leader David Cameron and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, over their new commitments on inheritance tax. The challenge comes after a Cameron speech pledging to "make British poverty history".

  • 17 Oct 2007

    Work is continuing for the release of two Catholic priests kidnapped in northern Iraq last week. Unconfirmed reports say that contact has been made with their captors, but that initial attempts to secure their release apparently foundered.

  • 17 Oct 2007

    Zimbabwe is seeking to put pressure on other European Union countries to back off Britain's tough stance on human rights there, as the diplomatic debate over Prime Minister Gordon Brown's proposal to send an envoy to the country continues.

  • 17 Oct 2007

    Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has been welcomed in the Caribbean as representing "a new sense of communion to Anglicanism" in its diversity. In Barbados he has spoken of economic sharing as a key characteristic of Christian life.

  • 17 Oct 2007

    Church-backed self-help groups in Tajikistan and other parts of Central Asia are working to cope with migrant labour displacement and other social problems in an area that is both static and rapidly changing for citizens who struggle to cope with daily life.

  • 16 Oct 2007

    There is a continuing row between Amnesty International and the Vatican over access to abortion by women who have been abused and raped. Here AI explains its policy and contests representations of it by some critics and campaigners.

  • 16 Oct 2007

    Christians in Manchester will stage a visual protest to highlight the humanity of thousands of asylum seekers in the UK who have been made destitute.

  • 16 Oct 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has said that Richard Dawkins and other apostles of anti-religious sentiment are oversimplifying complex issues and often missing the point. His comments came in a lecture at the University of Swansea.

  • 16 Oct 2007

    In a statement which goes beyond anything senior US leaders have said before, Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has said it is time for a Palestinian state to be founded, and that the US will put its full weight behind such efforts.

  • 16 Oct 2007

    The president of the United Church of Christ in the USA has been arrested after trying to deliver to the White House a pastoral letter that contained 60,000 signatures calling for an end to the American-led military action in Iraq.

  • 16 Oct 2007

    The president of the National Council of Churches USA (NCCUSA) has said that the letter from 130 leading Muslim scholars to Christian leaders across the world is "a sign of hope in a violent world", and needs to build into a global exchange.

  • 15 Oct 2007

    The Anglican Diocese of Lichfield has celebrated its successful ten-year relationship with the West Bromwich Building Society by announcing that it will donate £100,000 to a variety of community initiatives in the West Midlands over ten months.

  • 15 Oct 2007

    World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, a Kenyan Methodist, has welcomed the peace and dialogue letters sent by a widely representative group of Muslim scholars to various Christian leaders last week.