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  • 14 Mar 2011

    The head of Ethiopia's Lutheran church has welcomed government efforts to curb a spate of attacks on Christians in the country.

  • 14 Mar 2011

    Busy commuters in some cities in the United States had the church come to them last week on Ash Wednesday, bringing the message to the streets.

  • 14 Mar 2011

    Child sex trafficking, as further exposed in a new report, is a "national scandal", says the Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council.

  • 14 Mar 2011

    Green Party of England and Wales leader Caroline Lucas says the nuclear lessons of the unfolding tragedy in Japan must be learned in the UK.

  • 14 Mar 2011

    Claims that Christians are being 'discriminated against' in the UK have been criticised by the Christian think-tank Ekklesia and the British Humanist Association.

  • 14 Mar 2011

    A Kenyan politician has praised the faiths in Africa for taking a leading role in peace-making through practical aid and dialogue activities.

  • 13 Mar 2011

    We need to search beyond politicians’ construction of multiculturalism, says Professor Robert Jackson. Research shows a much more complex picture of the ‘multicultural’ nature of society and of cultural relations, with constantly changing, complex and heterogeneous cultural groupings, exhibiting much diversity and some tension over issues such as identity. Religion, and our understanding of it, remains vital to all of this, not least within our schools. So where is it in PM David Cameron's vision and policy?

  • 13 Mar 2011

    A meltdown threatens at one or more of Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear power reactors in northern Japan, a senior official has told CNN in the USA.

  • 13 Mar 2011

    Christian Aid plans to challenge the British public to live on just £1 a day for 5 days to raise £500,000 to help some of the world’s poorest people.

  • 13 Mar 2011

    Violence committed in the name of God or religion is a "favorite instrument of the Antichrist," Pope Benedict XVI writes in a new book on Jesus.

  • 13 Mar 2011

    The arguments of the 'Christians are being discriminated against' lobby in the UK are confused about the law, equalities, rights, demography, theology and the distinction between Christianity and Christendom, says Simon Barrow. In the words of a recent High Court judgment, their claims are also "wrong as to the factual premises on which they are based and at best tendentious."

  • 12 Mar 2011

    The military balance of Libya’s domestic conflict is raising debate about external intervention, says Professor Paul Rogers. But the strategy of the Gaddafi regime is also crucial to what happens next. If a long conflict follows, the resulting costs will be measured in human lives; but also in the prospects for deepening the 'Arab spring' that first bloomed in Tunisia and Egypt, the countries on either side of Libya.

  • 12 Mar 2011

    British churches and development agencies are responding to the Japan earthquake and tsunami with practical assistance and prayer.

  • 12 Mar 2011

    We are likely to understand situations like the recent cairo protests more readily by examining the social and political pressures involved for both the protesters and the security forces, says Michael Marten - rather than seeking to make broad statements equating Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices.

  • 12 Mar 2011

    Church leaders have sent messages of support for the people of Japan after a devastating 8.9-magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami rocked the country.