News Brief

  • September 26, 2007

    A US Christian leader has asked a World Council of Churches peacemaking team visiting the United States for assistance to rid his country of the "scourge" of gun violence during the team's September 2007 visit.

  • September 25, 2007

    One of the more intriguing aspects of Gordon Brown's first Labour party conference speech as serving prime minister was his decision to use consciously biblical language as part of his argument against those employing religious rhetoric to oppose his family policy.

  • September 25, 2007

    Anil Bhanot, the general secretary of the Hindu Council UK (HCUK), has written to the main leaders of all faiths in Britain to express his growing concern at divisive elements between religions, urging them to root out and stand against intolerance and religious dogma.

  • September 25, 2007

    Recognising the needs of priests from overseas and those ministering to increasingly migrant-based congregations, the Catholic Church in England and Wales has introduced a new course specifically for them at the northern seminary of Ushaw in Durham.

  • September 25, 2007

    The Evangelical Alliance, which claims to represent one million Christians in the UK, has responded to comments about its activities in last week's Channel 4 TV programme, which examined evidence of the “violence and intimidation facing Muslims who convert to Christianity in Britain”.

  • September 25, 2007

    At his appearance to say prayers at the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo, Pope Benedict has spoken of the 'blind selfishness' that can result from an over-preoccupation with money. He says capitalism is not the only valid economic system.

  • September 25, 2007

    Opponents of a Bush Library and Institute have vowed to continue their fight within the 11 million member United Methodist Church to deny approval to Southern Methodist University (SMU) to host the Bush complex. They say it dishonours the inclusive Gospel message.

  • September 24, 2007

    Burma's ruling military junta has warned it is ready to "take action" against Buddhist monks leading growing protests for an end to repression within the country. But the nonviolent action has confused the authorities and unleashed massive public support.

  • September 24, 2007

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly Council has approved action supporting the denomination's campaign of phased selective divestment of certain multinational corporations doing business with the government of Sudan.

  • September 24, 2007

    In what is believed to be the first time a Labour leader has quoted the Bible in a conference speech in decades, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has used the words of Jesus to attack Conservative leader David Cameron.