Religion and Society

  • 26 Feb 2008

    The French cleric who heads the main grouping of Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant Christian denominations in Europe has proposed the creation of a Council of European Churches that would also include the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 24 Feb 2008

    The managing director of one of the world's most illustrious football clubs, Barcelona FC, has joined other Spanish philanthropists in donating a statue of the Black Madonna to St Aloysius' Roman Catholic Church in Glasgow.

  • 23 Feb 2008

    Opponents of a library, museum and policy institute dedicated to President George W. Bush at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas have vowed to continue their struggle after the school's trustees voted to endorse it.

  • 22 Feb 2008

    Church leaders and journalists have little idea of the pressures that each other face, according to German Lutheran Bishop Margot Kässmann, who has called for a new understanding.

  • 21 Feb 2008

    Anthropologists, neurologists, philosophers, psychologists, theologians and other specialists are to conduct a £2 million three-year study into the nature and formation of religious belief.

  • 21 Feb 2008

    Presided by an African woman, and including three young people, eight women, and strong representation from the South, the search committee for a new World Council of Churches head has set to work.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    What is at stake in the row occasioned by Rowan Williams' Sharia musings is the possibility of reasoned discourse and a serious consideration of Islam in Europe, says Catholic scholar Tina Beattie.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    The Rev Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway and now moderator of the World Council of Churches' Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, wants to see its public statements carry a distinctly religious tone.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    A recent report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (co-authored with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights) has highlighted continuing problems around apostasy and civil rights in Egypt.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    Churches should be prepared to confront their differences honestly and to examine them in the light scripture, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I told a service to celebrate 60 years since the World Council of Churches was founded.