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  • 20 Jan 2010

    Insisting that “there is enough for all”, three church organisations have challenged their supporters to share, exchange and reuse, to combat the economic downturn. They say there is an alternative to a system built on greed.

  • 20 Jan 2010

    A Roman Catholic archbishop in Germany has given support to the country's senior Protestant bishop, Margot Kässmann, in her criticism of Germany's military strategy in Afghanistan, following a controversial New Year 2010 sermon.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    The House of Lords is preparing to debate a proposal to allow the use of religious language and religious premises in civil partnerships between same-sex couples. The proposal has been welcomed by a number of faith groups.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    For British politics, the defining moment of the last decade was on 15 February 2003, when over a million people marched through London to oppose the invasion of Iraq. But the war went ahead despite public opposition. This striking image illustrates two key aspects of the last decade – a government pursuing a thoroughly militaristic agenda, and a public resistant to going along with it.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    The Jubilee Debt Campaign has urged the total cancellation of Haiti’s international debts following the recent earthquake. Two-thirds of the country's debt was cancelled last year, but Haiti still owes $641 million.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    Australian Quakers have agreed to lobby their government for a change in the law so that same-sex couples can marry on an equal basis to mixed-sex couples. The news follows a similar decision by British Quakers last year.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    Acts of compassion — Haitians working together to help neighbours and strangers — is far more prevalent than the incidents of violence that are being reported on the international media, say Mennonite aid workers.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    One year on from the end of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, Amnesty has called on Israel to lift its “suffocating” blockade as the organisation released a new briefing on the plight of Palestinians living under the blockade.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    Contributions to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Haiti Earthquake Appeal have increased to £23 million so far, as the public responds with continuing generosity to the desperate need of Haiti's earthquake survivors.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    The incoming Action of Churches Together International coordinator for Haiti has outlined urgent priorities for the huge relief operation she is about to lead. Elsa Moreno is due to arrive in the Dominican Republic today.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    For many Port-au-Prince residents and those throughout Haiti, the situation is catastrophic, says the Red Cross. Estimates now suggest that some 200,000 may have died and one million made destitute.

  • 18 Jan 2010

    The soul of American Televangelist Pat Robertson is being offered for sale on ebay, after he said that Haiti's earthquake was caused by a pact with the devil.

  • 18 Jan 2010

    One of Britain's oldest established Muslim communities has launched a national doorstep and publicity campaign on London's buses featuring Islamic principles of peace, aimed at countering extremism.

  • 18 Jan 2010

    Pressure groups have accused the government of putting business interests above human rights and environmental concerns, saying taxpayers may end up funding child slavery under new proposals.

  • 18 Jan 2010

    There was an added poignancy to Peace Sunday in Catholic parishes across in England and Wales yesterday, as focus on environmental justice coincided with the unfolding tragedy in Haiti.