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  • 15 May 2009

    For the approaching Euro elections, the Jesuit European Office in Brussels has issued an Election Memorandum examining the kind of choices currently facing the European Union, in its internal life and in its relationship with the wider world.

  • 15 May 2009

    Human rights NGO Amnesty International has demanded that the Sri Lankan authorities allow international monitors and humanitarian agencies access to the country's troubled areas, as the fighting and dying continues there.

  • 15 May 2009

    A delegation representing churches engaged with indigenous peoples across the globe, coordinated by the World Council of Churches, will form a delegation at the upcoming 8th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

  • 14 May 2009

    The Church of England has at last set out what is means by a "Christian ethos" in schooling, says Jonathan Bartley. Its espoused values are very positive. So now is the time to end discrimination in schools run by the church but funded by the general taxpayer.

  • 14 May 2009

    In spite of a global trend to better recognize the right to conscientious objection – which is marked with an International Day on 15 May – those who refuse military service are often discriminated against, persecuted, punished and imprisoned says a new study

  • 14 May 2009

    Thousands of volunteers across the country have been involved in raising funds and awareness for the annual Christian Aid Week (10-16 May), the UK’s longest running fundraising week, investing in global justice and anti-poverty action.

  • 14 May 2009

    The Micah Challenge coalition in Australia has welcomed the government’s continued commitment to overseas development in the 2009-10 aid budget announced on 13 May, but says that there is a long way to go in securing justice for the poor.

  • 14 May 2009

    A group of Christian leaders who campaign for justice in the fight against hunger are calling on the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to 'step up to the plate' and seek tangible results in realising the right to food.

  • 14 May 2009

    Amid continued calls for restraint from the US, the UN, governments across the world, NGOs and faith groups, the slaughter in Sri Lanka is continuing, with a further 50 people killed yesterday in a devastating attack on a hospital.

  • 14 May 2009

    Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out in favour of Palestinian sovereignty in an address in Bethlehem during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He also called for reconstruction and reconciliation in the midst of years of strife and conflict.

  • 13 May 2009

    A major London conference this weekend will seek to show that people of faith and those with non-religious beliefs can be united in common purpose and action to eliminate prejudice and discrimination on grounds of sexuality and identity.

  • 13 May 2009

    A Church of Scotland body claims that Scottish public life would benefit if congregational conflict could be overcome, and admits that churches need to become part of the solution rather than the problem when it comes to angry disputes.

  • 13 May 2009

    The furore about MP’s expenses has temporarily overshadowed all other political issues, says Simon Barrow. But it is perhaps better seen as a symptom of a much wider disconnect between governors and governed.

  • 13 May 2009

    Pakistan could face one of the world’s worst conflict-driven people displacement crises and needs even more international help, warn development agencies, including the US-based Church World Service (CWS)

  • 13 May 2009

    An ethicist for a leading conservative denomination in the United States, who was an adviser on social issues to former US president George W. Bush, says the former US practice of waterboarding terror suspects is torture and "violates everything we stand for".