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  • 23 Sep 2008

    As Gordon Brown prepares to deliver a speech promising “fairness for all”, church leaders this morning delivered their own message for a fairer society to delegates at the Labour Party Conference.

  • 23 Sep 2008

    A senior Bajrang Dal leader in Karnataka has been arrested in connection with the widespread attack on Christian churches and prayer halls, police officials and the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference in India have announced.

  • 23 Sep 2008

    The Lutheran Church of Sweden will today mark the 50th anniversary of its decision in 1958 to ordain women as priests, and cathedrals in all of the church's 13 dioceses are to hold services to celebrate the anniversary.

  • 23 Sep 2008

    Business Secretary John Hutton’s ringing endorsement of coal as a source of energy at the Labour conference makes a public enquiry into plans to build a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth essential, says Christian Aid.

  • 23 Sep 2008

    A Catholic priest who lives and ministers in London began a short prison sentence last week, after he refused to pay a fine following a peace protest which was ruled to have broken public order restrictions.

  • 22 Sep 2008

    Senior representatives of the Vatican have used the annual Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue message to Muslims for the end of the month of Ramadan to urge the two faiths to work together in promoting family life.

  • 19 Sep 2008

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited to a dinner put on by American religious leaders during his visit to the United Nations, scheduled for 25 September 2008.

  • 18 Sep 2008

    Nick Clegg has been making waves on tax and social policy at the Liberal Democrat conference recently. Here Simon Barrow probes him on his beliefs, religion, Europe, his political creed and more.

  • 18 Sep 2008

    A leading British scientific institution is facing criticism for its effective dismissal of a leading scientist after he made remarks about creationism in the classroom that it admits were misinterpreted by the media.

  • 18 Sep 2008

    New research published this week by Theos, a church-backed theology think tank, suggests that there is a growing use of 'God talk' by party political leaders in their conference speeches.

  • 18 Sep 2008

    In the comfort of a simple Swedish meeting room, 25 Christian and Muslim women have been meeting to talk about how religion, which is often blamed for conflict and violence, can also move people toward peace and cooperation.

  • 18 Sep 2008

    Christians in Orissa, India, still fear for their lives and security, feeling 'helpless' in the face of persistent attacks from militant Hindu nationalists, says an ecumenical journalist who has investigated the tragedy.

  • 18 Sep 2008

    The woman heading up the Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network, which enables members of churches in different parts of the world to meet together, believes such exchanges are vital to a shared global future.

  • 18 Sep 2008

    Clarion Events, organisers of exhibitions including the Baby Show and the Spirit of Christmas Fair, have announced their purchase of two arms fairs. This is in addition to the three arms fairs they bought in May 2008.

  • 17 Sep 2008

    As the world is rocked by financial and other crises, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee will meet in Lübeck, Germany on 23-26 September 2008 to look at responses from faith communities.