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  • 3 Nov 2007

    Roman Catholic bishops have warned that attempts at constitutional reform in Venezuela by President Hugo Chavez restrict the rights of citizens and grant too much power to the State with a "president who is re-elected indefinitely".

  • 2 Nov 2007

    The calls for Sir Ian Blair's resignation as chief of the Metropolitan police may be a distraction from the real issues, says Simon Barrow, reflecting on the 2005 Stockwell terror shooting tragedy.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    The president of the National Council of Churches USA (NCCUSA) and eight leaders of its 35 members are among three dozen Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders urging the US to stand up for the Geneva Accord at the Palestine-Israel summit.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    President Putin has attended a memorial service conducted by Patriarch Aleksei II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, at a church built near a Soviet police secret killing field, to commemorate the victims of Josef Stalin.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    UK churches are gearing up to mark 'prisons week' as the prison population hits a record high. The week kicks off on 18 November 2007, when churches across Britain are being asked to mark Prisoners' Sunday - a day of reflection and prayer.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    An imam, a Christian minister, and a striking janitor from Indiana are coming to London to speak at a trade union gathering, to stress the importance of workers' rights in Islamic social thought, and to take on a company they say is violating them.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    A deadline is reached today for churches and others who help London's homeless, to protest against a proposed ban on soup runs. London Councils have put forward a proposal to prevent or restrict the "distribution of free refreshments", aimed at ending soup runs.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    Campaigners in the US will call on Monday for a congressional ban on cluster bombs. The civilian victims of cluster bombs will be highlighted as part of a Global Day of Action that includes activities in 20 countries.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Campaigners are calling on the US Senate to swiftly pass legislation introduced yesterday by two senators, which is aimed at cutting off economic support to the government of Sudan, in an attempt to halt the deadly regional conflict.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    An English magistrate who says he felt forced to resign because he was unwilling to enact the law on adoption by gay and lesbian couples has lost his appeal over claims that he was subject to anti-Christian discrimination.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Anglicans in Canada and the United States are pushing ahead with local procedures for blessing lesbian and gay people in the church. The US Episcopal Diocese of California has authorised the use of three trial rites for same-sex unions.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Christian-Muslim relations and the rights of the minority Christian community are among the likely discussion points when Pope Benedict XVI meets with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah next week - after his controversial UK state visit.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Religion and culture are abused when they are employed illegitimately to justify the suppression of women and the denial of their equal humanity, human rights lawyer Chrie Booth argued yesterday in a lecture at Chatham House in London.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    The US United Methodist Church's legislative body has upheld a bishop's decision that a pastor who changed gender from female to male remains eligible to serve the church, in a move welcomed by those supporting transgender persons.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who is head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the 77 million Anglican Communion, yesterday (31 October 2007) held talks in Jerusalem with Israel's Chief Rabbis.