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  • 2 Feb 2010

    Appeals for Haiti launched by the Methodist Church and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MDRF) have raised more than £270,000. They are channelling funds through Action by Churches Together International on the spot.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    To consider the possibility that whatever we cherish in our own environment, legends and customs, could have a parallel in the hearts of others, is to begin to mix the mortar that may bind us in solidarity, says Jill Segger. It is this solidarity which rests at the heart of a patriotism worthy of the name.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    The Church of England has advised its clergy not to give the British National Party a platform in church buildings, or even meet with representatives of the racist Party.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    A bishop has branded the continued detention of the children of asylum seekers in the UK as "shameful", highlighted a catalogue of harmful affects and called for an end to the practice.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    Lithuania has come out in support of Italy in its efforts to revise a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that recommends State schools throughout Italy to remove crucifixes from classrooms.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    Church groups concerned with housing and poverty are inviting people to share, exchange and re-use what they have to combat the hardships of the economic downturn. The week of action began n Saturday and at church services yesterday.

  • 31 Jan 2010

    Human rights workers are concerned at the number of Romany families across Romania being evicted from their homes against their will as a result of hostility, prejudice and the failure of the authorities to recognise their plight.

  • 31 Jan 2010

    Churches in Wales have been raising funds to provide Welsh language versions of the New Testament and the Psalms in Braille for the benefit of Welsh-speaking people who are otherwise unable to read the Bible in their own language.

  • 30 Jan 2010

    By far the scariest part of Tony Blair’s appearance at the Iraq War Inquiry was when he implied that it would be right to invade Iran.

  • 30 Jan 2010

    An Indian church leader has criticised the chief minister of India's southern Karnataka state for saying that those responsible for a continuing series of attacks on churches should have their hands cut off.

  • 29 Jan 2010

    Tony Blair has struggled to avoid tough questions about the legalities of his decision to invade Iraq. Speaking at the Iraq Inquiry, he said that the Attorney General's last-minute change of mind was legally sufficient.

  • 29 Jan 2010

    Demonstrators outside the Iraq War Inquiry have said that they will try to arrest Tony Blair for war crimes when he leaves the building later today. Blair will be questioned on the legality of the war this afternoon.

  • 29 Jan 2010

    Canada's military says it plans as soon as possible to remove references [to] phrases from the Bible citations inscribed on some of its firearm sights that have whipped up a storm of controversy - officially and among church peace advocates.

  • 29 Jan 2010

    The former British prime minister, Tony Blair, avoided the media by sneaking in early to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war this morning. He used the back entrance. Ekklesia's reporter Symon Hill went in at the front.

  • 29 Jan 2010

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that his view remains unchanged about the Iraq war and he would take the same decision again. He made the comments at the beginning of his evidence to the Iraq War Inquiry in central London this morning