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  • 15 May 2007

    Debt on our Doorstep, the UK’s campaign for fair and responsible financial services, today called on TV personality Graham Norton not to endorse the behaviour of lenders charging over 1,000% APR.

  • 15 May 2007

    The Pope has attacked Marxism as well as unfettered capitalism on his visit to Brazil. But the ghost of Marx has positive as well as negative connotations for Christians and social justice campaigners concerned with inequity.

  • 15 May 2007

    Peter Heslam argues that the corruption row surrounding World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz taps into wider issues about money and development. Both the Bank and its critics have much to learn, he says.

  • 15 May 2007

    The Christian Homeless Charity and Advocacy group Housing Justice has welcomed the commitment given by Gordon Brown to increase affordable housing in Britain.

  • 14 May 2007

    Book-lovers in Edinburgh have been contemplating everything from Aesop's Fables to Judge Dredd - and they have raised volumes for Christian Aid's anti-poverty struggle, as well as adding volumes to their shelves.

  • 14 May 2007

    A coalition of national and regional religious leaders across the United States has launched a major initiative to "zero-out" funding for the production of new nuclear warheads. It has Christian and interfaith backing.

  • 13 May 2007

    The Anglican Bishop of Ripon and Leeds has apologized for the way Christians misused the Bible 200 years ago to justify slavery. In a parliamentary speech he called for more action against its modern manifestations.

  • 13 May 2007

    The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has gone on al-Jazeera to appeal the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, whose kidnap in Gaza has been denounced by the Iranian government and galvanised media freedom activists.

  • 13 May 2007

    Attempts to bring to justice past participators in human rights abuses in communist-era Poland are raising moral dilemmas for Protestant and Catholc Christians across the country. New law makes the issues unavoidable.

  • 12 May 2007

    Gordon Brown is focussing his bid to become PM on a restoration of faith in people, politics, integrity and the values of justice. He once again mentioned his Church of Scotland upbringing as a character forming inheritance.

  • 12 May 2007

    As Tony Blair prepares to step down as British PM, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) offers an assessment and balance sheet of the impact of his policies on international development.

  • 11 May 2007

    Churches in Malaysia have appealed to the country's government to reconsider a decision to withdraw support for a Christian-Muslim seminar that was to have been chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • 11 May 2007

    Where your money goes, there goes your heart, says Giles Fraser. And it can be very revealing, too, especially when it comes to the sharing of resources among churches.

  • 11 May 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised retiring Prime Minister Tony Blair for recognising religion is public life and aiding peace in Northern Ireland. But his criticism of the Iraq war policy will be seen as very mild.

  • 11 May 2007

    Pope Benedict XVI has received a warm welcome in Brazil, the world's largest Catholic-majority nation. But President Lula says decriminalizing abortion is a healthcare necessity and that one moral stance cannot be imposed on all.