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  • 11 Feb 2009

    A church-backed microfinance institution has increased its field investments by one third, reaching out to poor people often excluded by the commercial banking sector in spite of the global economic downturn.

  • 11 Feb 2009

    Parliament has ordered extra security for a controversial House of Lords event which will go ahead despite a ban on the dutch MP behind it entering the country. The private screening of Wilders' film Fitna was initially postponed to allow time for clarification on issues concerning freedom of speech.

  • 11 Feb 2009

    Desmond Tutu is to receive an international award recognizing his "vision, understanding and building of bridges".

  • 10 Feb 2009

    The Church of England announced yesterday it had withdrawn its investments in a controversial company as theologians and priests intended to publish a letter denouncing the Church's investment.

  • 10 Feb 2009

    Hundreds of people attended a special service to mark Autism Sunday 2009 - the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome on 8 February. Cheryl Gillan MP is introducing an Autism Bill in parliament.

  • 10 Feb 2009

    US church leaders have sent a letter to Israel’s ambassador to the USA expressing “grave concern” as to why why a Lutheran bishop and an Episcopal bishop were denied entry to Gaza on 4 February 2009.

  • 10 Feb 2009

    A nurse who was suspended for asking a patient whether she would like to be prayed for at the end of a home treatment session will return to work "as soon as she feels able to do so", the NHS has said.

  • 10 Feb 2009

    Church leaders of all denominations laced up their hiking boots, hoisted their rucksacks and gathered their laptops yesterday.

  • 9 Feb 2009

    A report launched today in the UK will call for a moratorium on new mining in the Philippines. The Church of England however has a substantial investment in the companies which the report challenges.

  • 9 Feb 2009

    The General Synod of Church of England meets in Westminster this week, tackling issues that include the international financial crisis, women bishops, the Anglican Covenant, human trafficking, asylum, and the Church’s approach to the BNP.

  • 9 Feb 2009

    The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade, will tomorrow (10 February) support proposals forbidding Church of England clergy and lay staff joining racist organisations.

  • 9 Feb 2009

    The Guardian has today launched an alternative to the BBC’s long running Thought for the Day slot, broadcast at 7.50am in the morning on Radio 4.

  • 8 Feb 2009

    British Parliamentarians have said that the new Obama administration brings with it a golden opportunity for a formal cessation of hostilities and normalisation of relations with North Korea.

  • 8 Feb 2009

    Concerns are being expressed about a significant rise in anti-semitic attacks and harassment in Britain. Some 270 cases have been reported in 2009, according to information from the Community Security Trust.

  • 8 Feb 2009

    Following Obama's advent, there has been debate about whether Britain might one day get a black Prime Minister, says Jonathan Bartley. A better question is whether we will ever be able to make our political system truly representative