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  • 8 May 2008

    Over 140 Christian leaders have made a unified call for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel. Their declaration is published today in The Independent newspaper.

  • 8 May 2008

    Bartholomeos I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, has joined the Dalai Lama as one of two international religious figures named in the "Time 100" list, the people deemed by Time magazine to be the world's most influential persons.

  • 8 May 2008

    An installation of sculptures responding to the horrors of war, particularly the ongoing war in Iraq, is on display at Union Theological Seminary in New York City until 16 May 2008. It is the work of priest and artist Thomas Faulkner.

  • 8 May 2008

    The Christian Aid book sale at St Andrew’s & St George’s Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, began its life on a very small scale in 1974 and has now become a national institution - the largest church development sale of its kind.

  • 7 May 2008

    BAE Systems has failed to halt the sharp decline in its reputation despite trying to focus on ethics at its Annual General Meeting in London. The Board faced a barrage of questions from shareholders about corruption and political influence.

  • 7 May 2008

    The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly which meets in a week's time, is to hear an appeal to the UK Government to look to the young population of Iran, to bring about change within the country.

  • 7 May 2008

    UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has launched an appeal to help those left without shelter, food or water in Burma after Cyclone Nargis hit the country four days ago.

  • 7 May 2008

    The president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, says that in parts of Europe, such as the western Balkans, where internecine "wounds still require healing", spiritual leaders need to be involved in the process.

  • 7 May 2008

    A Catholic priest has taken part in last week's early-morning non-violent action against the Waihopai military satellite communications interception station, near Blenheim, New Zealand.

  • 6 May 2008

    Within Christianity there is a long history of trouble making, says Glynn Cardy. And rightly so if it is about building the vision and reality of a different kind of world in which all may flourish.

  • 6 May 2008

    Development agencies say that the final outcome of the Burmese cyclone disaster, which latest reports suggest has claimed over 23,000 lives, may be on the scale of the Asian tsunami a few years ago. They are urging a global response.

  • 6 May 2008

    Anti-arms trade campaigners say that a new 'ethics' report commissioned by weapons giant BAE Systems will not change public perceptions of the company, following a High Court ruling over investigations into corruption charges.

  • 6 May 2008

    A recent meeting of Iraqi Christian refugees and church representatives from around the world has head heart-rending stories of suffering, says Annegret Kapp. Now it is time to back words with action.

  • 6 May 2008

    An Anglican deacon who steps down during 2008 after three decades leading the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, believes that if the Anglican communion separates over homosexuality the onus will fall upon "those who walked away".

  • 6 May 2008

    Global church development agencies, including the UK-based Christian Aid, are calling on the international community and the Burmese government to use all available means to help those affected by cyclone Nargis.