A diverse group of prominent lay Catholics - including 11 former ambassadors and former chairmen of the Republican and Democratic National Committees - have called for a more civil tone to replace the 'divisive rhetoric and partisan attacks that define' national political debates in the US.
As fireworks cracked and revellers cheered to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes' unsuccessful plot against parliament in 1605, a very different kind of conspiracy was launched on the world from an office near London Bridge last night.
Religion has sometimes been a friend of democracy and sometimes an enemy. It is impossible to generalise (about either religion or politics). But the 'credit' side is often overlooked in current debates.
Pakistani Christians are expressing concern about the public order situation in their country following President Pervez Musharraf's widely criticised suspension of constitutional government and his declaration of a state of emergency.
Church and faith groups have a key role to play in bringing transformation to communities across the UK, according to the government minister responsible. But critics say many questions remain about the agendas of both parties.
The Economist has today (2 November 2007) published a special report which examines religion's place "in today's modern society" - the role it is likely to play in this century's politics and "how we should deal with it". But is it saying anything new?
An imam, a Christian minister, and a striking janitor from Indiana are coming to London to speak at a trade union gathering, to stress the importance of workers' rights in Islamic social thought, and to take on a company they say is violating them.
A deadline is reached today for churches and others who help London's homeless, to protest against a proposed ban on soup runs. London Councils have put forward a proposal to prevent or restrict the "distribution of free refreshments", aimed at ending soup runs.
Campaigners in the US will call on Monday for a congressional ban on cluster bombs. The civilian victims of cluster bombs will be highlighted as part of a Global Day of Action that includes activities in 20 countries.