Pope Benedict XVI has met for the first time with a Saudi Arabian monarch, the controversial King Abdullah. A carefully worded communique from the Vatican avoids an mention of the human rights issues that have caused outrage among campaigners.
Mennonites have welcomed the opportunity recently presented to their 1.2 million strong world body to dialogue officially with the Roman Catholic Church on peace and theological concerns, as part of a historic visit to the Vatican.
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.
A unique gathering of high level church leaders starting on Tuesday 6 November 2007 near Nairobi, Kenya, features the broadest range of Christian traditions ever represented at a global meeting, says its organisers.
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 Anglican Bishop of Hereford, who lost a controversial discrimination case involving a gay church youth worker, has been given a 'bigot of the year' award by a leading lesbian and gay human rights organisation, Stonewall.
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.