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  • 13 Sep 2007

    The Bush administration has come out against the idea of equal access to Internet communications. The US Justice Department says ISPs should be able to charge a fee for “priority web traffic” – critics say this opens the door to a two-tier system divided between rich and poor.

  • 13 Sep 2007

    A media frenzy based on the supposed spiritual emptiness in the life of Mother Teresa, made public in some of her recently published letters, derives from a lack of spirituality, says Roman Catholic Archbishop Lucas Sirkar of Calcutta.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    The Evangelical Alliance, which claims to represent Evangelical Christians in the UK, has said it is "encouraging Christians to respond respectfully and in a Christ-like manner" to the decision made in yesterday’s judicial review of Northern Ireland’s Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    The latest national citizens’ enquiry into the UK asylum system will hear evidence on the asylum appeals process at a public hearing in Leeds on Thursday 20 September. While media-driven attitudes have hardened, the Independent Asylum Commission advocates a measured approach.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    Delegates at the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania, concluded their weeklong gathering on 9 September 2007 with a call to the churches of Europe to deepen their support for migrants and other victimised minority groups.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    Church and development organisations working in hurricane-hit Nicaragua and Honduras are urging people not to forget the long- and short-term victims of the region's 'hidden disaster', the profile of which is being dwarfed by other world events in the media.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    The Romanian Protestant cleric who is said to have sparked the 1989 revolution that overthrew of Nicolae Ceausescu, the country's former communist dictator, boycotted the recent European church assembly in Romania, accusing it of 'shop window ecumenism'.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    Fierce critic of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Pius Ncube, has resigned as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo after a sex scandal involving a married woman.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    Church leaders and communities facing situations of violence in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New Orleans will share their experiences with an international team from different churches, who will visit the United States next week.

  • 12 Sep 2007

    An international arms fair opening in London yesterday was met with a wave of protest from local residents, community leaders, politicians and Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

  • 11 Sep 2007

    Speaking to the Church Times newspaper ahead of her appearance at the Greenbelt Christian arts festival back in 2004, Dame Anita Roddick - who died yesterday - declared at the time: “What’s wonderful about being my age is having to face your prejudices."

  • 11 Sep 2007

    Tributes have been pouring in for ethical business pioneer Anita Roddick, who died on 10 September 2007 aged 64 after a major brain haemorrhage. A supporter of numerous causes, she disliked institutional religion but loved the alternative Christian arts festival Greenbelt.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called for a binding international treaty to protect churches, mosques, synagogues and other sites of spiritual significance.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    “Keeping our faith in times of trouble” is a model of hope, an international Anabaptist delegation to Zimbabwe has affirmed. It says the Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) in the troubled country is alive and strong. The Mennonite World Conference team also met local Catholics.

  • 11 Sep 2007

    The Ministry of Defence is accused by MPs today of massaging figures, casting doubt on its ability to plan for the new £19bn successor to the UK's Trident nuclear system.