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  • 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.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    Neither International Women's Day nor Ash Wednesday usually have any great significance for me, says Jill Segger. The Quaker belief that all days and times carry the sacred within them is usually sufficient. But this year, I am moved to consider it possible that I may have been mistaken.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    Children's charity Barnardo's is facing criticism for agreeing to to run welfare services at the government's proposed removal centre for refused asylum seekers.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    Two dozen US Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    There is little if anything that is straightforward or indeed ‘natural’ about the body, says Alison Jasper. It is a cultural canvas constructed through metaphors and a physical one preyed on by the idea that ‘more surgery will make me better somehow’.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    Following the tsunami in Japan, CND has expressed concern over the siting of nuclear power stations in coastal areas.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has offered the full support of the UN after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    Once in a while, the Church gets a chance to atone for its sins. The referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV) for Westminster elections is a golden opportunity to demonstrate that, unlike the Church of 100 years ago, which op¬posed the suffragettes, it will back the campaign for a fairer electoral system.

  • 11 Mar 2011

    The government has been urged to cancel an international arms fair in the wake of public outrage over UK arms sales to the Gaddafi regime in Libya.