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  • 8 Oct 2007

    Protesters calling for the withdrawal of British and Western troops from Iraq say they will attempt to defy a ban by police and the UK government which is set to prevent them from entering Parliament Square today, under obscure legislation from 1839.

  • 7 Oct 2007

    Clergy who usually wear dog collars in public are being advised by a safety group to take them off when they are on their own, to reduce the risk of being attacked. But others believe security consciousness should not undermine the character of Christian service.

  • 7 Oct 2007

    Tens of thousands of people from a variety of religious traditions across the United States are preparing to fast on Monday 8 October 2007, as part of an initiative to pray and work for peace in Iraq. Non-religious persons will also join them.

  • 7 Oct 2007

    Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) in the USA is among the global church agencies providing emergency assistance to communities hit by severe flooding in Ghana and Uganda. Nearly 17 African countries have been affected by heavy rains which began in June 2007.

  • 7 Oct 2007

    Dr Rowan Williams has described as ‘heartbreaking and harrowing’ a meeting in Syria with refugees from Iraq. While UK media and politicians complain about asylum seekers, Syria has had to absorb more than a million Iraqi victims of war and oppression, he learned.

  • 6 Oct 2007

    Burma campaigners, including a leading group in the UK, say that people should not be deceived by media reports that there has been a breakthrough in Burma because Senior General Than Shwe has agreed to talks. There has been no breakthrough, they say.

  • 6 Oct 2007

    Though the main media attention went to his apparent decision not to call an immediate general election, Prime Minister Gordon Brown today vowed to maintain "pressure for change" in Burma, ahead of demonstrations against suppressed protests in the country.

  • 6 Oct 2007

    Tens of thousands of campaigners are expected to take to the streets of capital cities around the world today (6 October 2007), including London, to call for urgent United Nations action on Burma. Prime Minsiter Gordon Brown is meeting demonstrators.

  • 6 Oct 2007

    Contrary to the popular media image, many evangelicals are not anti-gay, says a UK campaigning network which draws hundreds of evangelical Christians and their friends together. This week they are backing the launch of a church education initiative on Jesus and prejudice.

  • 6 Oct 2007

    A coalition of church-based aid and development agencies is backing a creative range of self-help initiatives in the former Soviet Central Asian republics, such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, which are often overlooked in the worldwide media.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    Visitors to the 'Grand Designs Live' show at the NEC, Birmingham (5-7 October 2007) are visiting the ultimate Green Garden and learning how to transform their own gardens stylishly while helping to tackle climate change, says Christian Aid.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    An international ecumenical team representing the World Council of Churches has left the USA encouraged by the signs of hope and commitment after meeting with American Christians struggling with issues of gun control, war and a culture of violence.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    Pope Benedict has used the occasion of the official receipt of the credentials for the new Italian ambassador to the Holy See to issue a defence of the alliance of church and state, an arrangement facing increasing criticism in a plural, post-Christendom Europe.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is the latest body to condemn attempts to propagate the teaching of creationism in school science lessons, following guidelines on the subject issued recently by the British government.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    Christian Peacemaker Teams UK, the London Catholic Worker, the Oxford Catholic Worker and Voices UK are organising a peace walk through London on Sunday 7 October 2007 to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.