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  • 5 Feb 2009

    In a move which will surprise few and may end up interesting fewer, three Christian organisations are putting thousands of pounds into advertising campaigns to counter the 'atheist buses' backed by Richard Dawkins others.

  • 5 Feb 2009

    Housing Justice, the churches housing campaign, is encouraging UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to move quickly to allow local councils to build more homes to meet urgent needs.

  • 5 Feb 2009

    The New York-based International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) has welcomed the Vatican's call for a Holocaust denying renegade bishop to disown his reported views.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    My experience of being a Christian is that of a surprising, continual and contested process of reformation and rediscovery, says Simon Barrow. It's far removed from the caricature of faith that many zealous believers and non-believers seem attached to.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    In the grey zone, we are all both victims and perpetrators, says Giles Fraser, who has visited one of the major sites of the slave trade. In the grey zone, morality is no longer simple. We need honesty, wisdom and divine mercy to face the facts hopefully.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Conditions for civilians caught up in fighting between the Sudanese government and rebels in the South Darfur town of Muhajiriya are getting worse, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Cathedrals, Churches and religious groups in Britain and across the world have been urged to support over 60 million people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome on 8 February 2009.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Following vast international pressure and condemnation, including a sharp riposte from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Vatican says it is asking a Holocaust-denying bishop to publicly recant

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Churches in Brazil have backed a provision in the newly-passed Bolivian constitution describing water as a "fundamental human right" that may not be controlled by private companies.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    The Primates of the Anglican Communion, meeting in Alexandria, Egypt, have called for solidarity and practical support for the people of Zimbabwe, having heard first-hand accounts of the crisis there.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams says that the Children's Society's headline-making new report "is telling us that adults have to change if children are to be better cared for."

  • 4 Feb 2009

    UK government Communities Secretary Hazel Blears will be the keynote speaker at a 'Life Beyond Debt' event run by the Evangelical Alliance on Thursday 5 February.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    The Interfaith Alliance UK, which aims to be a progressive voice of religious cooperation on social issues, has expressed concern that some in the Catholic hierarchy are trying to reverse key reforms in the Church.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Urgent action to address the global food crisis and a life-affirming discipline of fasting were the twin agenda of a Vatican gathering to focus on the meaning of Lent this week.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    An Israeli Jewish leader has welcomed Pope Benedict's support for a statement condemning Holocaust denial, but a German leader says the issue of the reinstatement of an anti-Semitic bishop is not resolved.