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  • 11 Oct 2007

    They are people seldom spoken of - the rural poor, landless and tribal people of India - at time when their country is being hailed as a new economic superpower. But last week they demanded to be heard, at the start of one of the biggest non-violent protests since Gandhi chased out the British.

  • 11 Oct 2007

    Mennonites from ten countries are about to travel to Rome for continuing consultations on Mennonite-Catholic dialogue and peacemaking. In the past Anabaptists groups like the Mennonites were victims of violence and prescriptions by state churches in Europe.

  • 11 Oct 2007

    Pensioners from a federation of self-help groups in Balykchy, Central Asia, attached to the Resource Centre to the Elderly, which gets backing from the Ecumenical Consortium for Central Asia and other NGOs, are angry that they have gone three years without domestic water.

  • 11 Oct 2007

    The manager of Gaza's only Christian bookshop, who was last week abducted by suspected extremists, has been found dead. Medical officials said Rami Ayyad, aged 31, had been shot and stabbed. He was the father of two small children and his wife is pregnant with their third child.

  • 11 Oct 2007

    The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches has launched an interactive website as part of its celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary in 2009 of the birth of Protestant reformer Jean Calvin.

  • 10 Oct 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has called on the government to invest more in vulnerable children.

  • 10 Oct 2007

    Plans to make inciting hatred against gay people a crime have received a mixed response from church groups.

  • 10 Oct 2007

    The news announced yesterday that the government's overseas aid spending will increase by almost 17% a year to form a new record high has been welcomed by overseas development groups.

  • 10 Oct 2007

    Major airlines are coming under increased pressure to end their role in deportation after an airline announced it would no longer carry failed asylum-seekers who are being forcibly removed from the United Kingdom.

  • 10 Oct 2007

    A new report from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund has revealed that ‘vulture funds’ and other commercial creditors are chasing a staggering $1.8 billion from some of the world’s poorest countries - after they have had debts cancelled by rich countries.

  • 9 Oct 2007

    Students, academics, human rights campaigners and a Jewish peace group have protested loudly at the decision of the Catholic University of St Thomas, Minnesota, to cancel a campus visit by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, because he has criticized Israeli government policy.

  • 9 Oct 2007

    The chaplaincy crisis in the National Health Service needs urgent ministerial attention, following new research revealed swinging cuts to the service throughout England, says a trade union group representing multi-faith chaplains.

  • 9 Oct 2007

    Police arrested four people during the Stop the War Campaign march calling from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, - after the protest was given the go-ahead by the authorities following outrage at its original banning under an archaic law.

  • 9 Oct 2007

    Peter Heslam looks at the late Anita Roddick's legacy, and her argument that because it has surpassed both church and state in power and influence, business should assume moral leadership in society. It has to shift its emphasis from the material to the spiritual, she declared.

  • 9 Oct 2007

    Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, spoke of the need for compassionate support of refugees during the 58th session the UN High Commission for Refugees executive last week.