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  • 21 Feb 2008

    In the latest twist to the long-running Pine Gap protest drama, a Christian anti-war activist is calling on the Australian Federal government to review the implemntation of laws used to prosecute her.

  • 21 Feb 2008

    Despite huge state-sponsored protests in Serbia, the rulers of the newly independent Kosovo say that their aim is social harmony, democracy and a plural secular settlement in the region.

  • 21 Feb 2008

    Anthropologists, neurologists, philosophers, psychologists, theologians and other specialists are to conduct a £2 million three-year study into the nature and formation of religious belief.

  • 21 Feb 2008

    Presided by an African woman, and including three young people, eight women, and strong representation from the South, the search committee for a new World Council of Churches head has set to work.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    Election issues fresh Kenya and Pakistan, and the larger picture of democratic electoral processes, formed the focus for three public statements adopted by the World Council of Churches' central committee meeting in Geneva.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    The Church of England has teamed up with Premier Christian Radio to produce podcast interviews with a range of people connected to the life of the Church and its community involvement across the country.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    The Zimbabwe Christian Alliance, a network of church and civic bodies, says it has no hope that inter-party peace talks brokered by South Africa's Thabo Mbeki will achieve results before Zimbabwean elections scheduled for 29 March.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    The Rev Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway and now moderator of the World Council of Churches' Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, wants to see its public statements carry a distinctly religious tone.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    With conflict rife and peace in peril, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has called on member states of the European Union, especially France, to look re-examine their role in troubled Chad.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    Churches should be prepared to confront their differences honestly and to examine them in the light scripture, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I told a service to celebrate 60 years since the World Council of Churches was founded.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    Evangelical Alliance leader Joel Edwards is seeking to rehabilitate the word 'evangelical' and restore its links with the sense of good news (gospel) in which it has its roots. He is touring a new book called Agenda for Change.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    As Cubans absorbed the news that communist leader Fidel Castro had stepped down, Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque, prepared to welcome Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, as he visits the country.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    Members of the Church of England's General Synod have been told that it is 'highly unlikely' that a vote to allow women to become bishops will be taken before 2010. In the meantime the UK Parliament will continue to be the only democracy in the world with places exclusively reserved for men.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    As the furore over Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' remarks about religious and civil law subsides into a more considered debate beyond the headlines, the Anglican leader is receiving backing from some unexpected quarters.

  • 19 Feb 2008

    The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Samuel Kobia, a Methodist monister from Kenya, has announced that he will not seek a second term at the head of the world's biggest Christian grouping.