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  • 11 Apr 2009

    The journey to Jerusalem is one that unites Christians past and present, says Harry Hagopian. What holds it together in the quest for peace with justice is the presence of Christ, crucified and risen.

  • 11 Apr 2009

    United Church of Christ leaders in the USA have hailed a unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to reject the state's ban on same-gender marriage as unconstitutional

  • 10 Apr 2009

    For Good Friday, a New York church has been circulating the story of the Passion, the biblical narrative leading up to Jesus' crucifixion, on the popular social networking site Twitter.

  • 10 Apr 2009

    The crucifixion reminds us that God is well acquainted with places like Abu Ghraib, says Jennifer Halteman Schrock. May the suffering that Christ endured while on trial as a “terrorist” fill us with compassion.

  • 10 Apr 2009

    Chaplaincy teams in the National Health Service are good value and bring added benefits and resources to clinical treatment, say health specialists responding to a call to stop their official funding.

  • 10 Apr 2009

    In spite of assurances by government, rough sleeping by homeless people is still a significant problem in Britain's towns and cities say campaigners, following a head count in the nation's capital.

  • 10 Apr 2009

    Thousands of tons of humanitarian aid intended for the people of Gaza are sitting at the Egyptian border, because Israel has not authorized them to pass, says a freelance journalist on the spot.

  • 9 Apr 2009

    Maundy Thursday is a foot-washing day for Christians, emphasising mutual service. But a bishop has given the tradition a new twist by shining boots at St Pancras station to raise funds for Zimbabwe.

  • 9 Apr 2009

    A Japanese Christian leader is urging churches to "listen to the cries" of temporary migrant workers many of whom are now without jobs as the world's second-biggest economy's unemployment rate soars.

  • 9 Apr 2009

    German Christians are starting what they hope will be a record-breaking effort to use the Internet social-networking and micro-blogging service Twitter to try and "tweet" the Bible.

  • 9 Apr 2009

    The National Secular Society wants to end taxpayer funding for chaplaincy in the NHS. Matt Wardman subjects the figures to scrutiny, and is left with a lot of questions.

  • 9 Apr 2009

    In his Easter message the Rev Stephen Poxon, President of the Methodist Conference in Britain, has spoken of the emotions of Easter in a world traumatised by conflict and certainty.

  • 9 Apr 2009

    While the US the United States is trying to rally NATO behind its South Asian strategy, Asian churches have called "for the withdrawal of US-led international combat troops from Afghanistan".

  • 9 Apr 2009

    An international churches' consultation has appealed to the government of Sri Lanka and the rebel Tigers to halt fighting in order to free tens of thousands of civilians trapped in a war zone.

  • 9 Apr 2009

    It can be hard to quantify the benefit of having chaplains, says Mark Vernon. Their work is not amenable to a cost-benefit analysis. But that does not mean it has no value or effect, just that it has to be assessed in human rather than statistical terms.