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  • 12 May 2009

    Amnesty International is calling on all parties to the conflict in eastern Chad not to attack civilians or place them at risk, and that the full complement of United Nations peacekeepers be immediately deployed and provided with adequate resources.

  • 12 May 2009

    The First Amendment Center in the USA has placed online the once unavailable five-volume treatise of the late Rev Dean M. Kelley, the internationally known National Council of Churches USA executive for religious liberty.

  • 12 May 2009

    UK public donations for the joint Zimbabwe emergency and development appeal launched by the Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York have reached £292,330, the administrators of the fund have announced this week.

  • 12 May 2009

    As the controversy over MPs' expenses continues, with fresh revelations in the press and a row over the Speaker's recent intervention, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has weighed into the argument accusing parliamentarians of “clawing greed”.

  • 11 May 2009

    As he heads to what could be a sea of controversy in Israel-Palestine, Pope Benedict XVI's Middle East trip has been marked by a strong message of reconciliation and affirmation of hard-pressed historic Christian communities in the region.

  • 11 May 2009

    California’s leading gay rights organisation is launching an ad campaign to promote acceptance of gay marriage, and is also forming a coalition of 1,000 clergy to help change negative religious attitudes towards same-sex unions.

  • 10 May 2009

    Amnesty International has called on the Malaysian authorities to release five government critics arrested in the last week, if they cannot charge them with recognisable criminal offences. The wave of arrests is part of a new crackdown on dissent.

  • 10 May 2009

    Glasgow Cathedral will host a major Christian Aid Week service on Sunday 17 May 2009. Dr Daleep Mukarji, director of the British-based international NGO, will preach. The service will include stories and prayers for justice for the world’s poor.

  • 9 May 2009

    A regional Protestant church in former East Germany has launched a special Internet blog to mark the 20th anniversary of rigged elections in May 1989 that led to protests which helped end 40 years of communist rule.

  • 9 May 2009

    New government figures released on 7 May 2009 confirm that progress on fighting poverty in the UK had come to a halt, even before the current recession, says the campaigning organisation Church Action on Poverty.

  • 8 May 2009

    The Church of England is planning rapid expansion of publicly-funded schools in its control, but it faces a challenge from parents, teachers, unions, academics, clergy and many others who want to end discrimination in admissions and employment.

  • 8 May 2009

    Churches and civil society groups are urging the Namibian government to provide citizens with monthly basic income grants by raising taxes. They have called for a Basic Income Grant of 100 Namibian dollars (US$11) to alleviate poverty.

  • 8 May 2009

    Chinese authorities intimidated and unlawfully detained parents and relatives of children who died in the devastating Sichuan earthquake and harassed activists and lawyers trying to assist them, says a new Amnesty International report

  • 8 May 2009

    Black church leaders and community groups have joined protests from civil rights campaigners over the UK government’s decision to retain DNA profiles on close to a million innocent people for up to 12 years.

  • 8 May 2009

    Roger Gayler, a 65-year-old vicar of St Mark’s Church at Mark's Gate in Barking and Dagenham is to preach, meet the scouts, speak to schoolchildren, study with his Bishop and collect envelopes door-to-door with just half a beard – for Christian Aid week.