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  • 14 Mar 2008

    The news that Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho in Iraq has been killed could force the Church underground, say Iraqi Christians. The Chaldean Catholic archbishop's body was found yesterday.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    Catholic charities in the US called yesterday for more to be done to help the estimated 35 million Americans who are impacted by hunger. At the White House they called for the strengthening of federal nutrition programs.

  • 13 Mar 2008

    A Chaldean Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Iraq has been found dead, the news agency of Italian bishops' conference has reported. The SIR news agency says Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was found dead near the Iraqi city of Mosul, where he had been abducted.

  • 13 Mar 2008

    British Quakers today lent their support to the concerns of the two human rights campaigners arrested off Diego Garcia after protesting about the island's use in British and US military operations.

  • 13 Mar 2008

    Yesterday's budget was a missed opportunity for the government to show that it is serious about addressing the problem of climate change, which threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of the world's poorest people, an aid agency has said.

  • 13 Mar 2008

    Church leaders meeting in Richmond have overwhelmingly voted against a move to discourage churches from applying for or receiving National Lottery Funding. The Synod (or ‘parliament’) of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds rejected a motion that they should encourage parishes not to apply for National Lottery Funding.

  • 13 Mar 2008

    The Bishop of Oxford has said he has been sent death threats after backing plans for a Muslim call to prayer in the city. In January the Rt Rev John Pritchard, who also studied at Oxford University, backed the Muslim loudspeaker call.

  • 13 Mar 2008

    A Democrat has become the second Muslim to be elected to the US Congress. Indiana Democrat Andre Carson will replace his late grandmother in representing that state's 7th district. Carson is a convert to Islam.

  • 12 Mar 2008

    In the run up to the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, churches are reiterating their call for British troops to withdraw from the country and will join in a 'Christian Peace Witness for Iraq'

  • 12 Mar 2008

    Faith schools appear to be the main offenders when it comes to breaking new rules on admissions, a Government survey has found.
    Ed Balls, schools secretary, announced that his Department had randomly picked three authorities to examine

  • 12 Mar 2008

    Unlock Democracy, which promotes democratic renewal and active engagement in the political process, has criticised Lord Goldsmith's citizenship review for its narrow view of what it means to be a UK citizen.

  • 12 Mar 2008

    The vicious circle of violence which tormented Israel and Palestine for years has returned, says Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan, following the shooting attack on a Jewish seminary. Blood will not save the Holy Land, he says.

  • 11 Mar 2008

    Recent religious conflict in the Indian state of Orissa has been aided by the aggressive evangelising of missionaries from outside the region, says an official with the largest traditional Protestant denomination in northern India.

  • 11 Mar 2008

    Lord Goldsmith, speaking for the government citizenship review, walked into a backlash today over proposals that school-leavers should be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country.

  • 11 Mar 2008

    In Christian and biblical terms, good citizenship is not about flag-waving, says Simon Barrow. It is about the good practices and ways of organising our public lives which enable people to belong to one another across nation state boundaries.