News Brief

  • January 26, 2008

    United Sikhs, a UN affiliated international advocacy NGO, joined other civil rights organizations over the weekend in asking Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to discuss the Sikh turban issue in France with President Sarkozy.

  • January 25, 2008

    Over 300 people crowded in to Exeter Cathedral last week to attend an innovative Climate Challenge Festival. ‘Hope Rising’ was organised by churches and Christian agencies to think about global warming in practical ways.

  • January 24, 2008

    The heads of churches the Holy Land called on the international community and the state of Israel to end the current siege on the Gaza Strip which has caused most recently cuts in electricity and limited the shipments of medicine, fuel, food and other goods across the border.

  • January 24, 2008

    Tory leader David Cameron has refused to condemn parents who pretend that they have Christian beliefs in order to win places in church schools. His comments came in an interview for the Times newspaper.

  • January 24, 2008

    The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society in the US will unveil proposals to divest holdings in Caterpillar Inc tomorrow (Friday). The 7.9 million member United Methodist Church's pension agency reportedly has $5 million in Caterpillar shares out of $15 billion in assets.

  • January 24, 2008

    Christian Aid has added its voice to the growing condemnation of Israel's blockade of Gaza. The breach of the border between Gaza and Egypt demonstrates the desperation of a people held hostage to both a policy of collective punishment and an inadequate peace process, Christian Aid said yesterday.

  • January 24, 2008

    Outdated language used to justify corporal punishment of children is set to be removed from new translations of the Bible in Norway. Church leaders have given the green light to the proposal, put forward by the Norwegian Ombudsman for Children

  • January 23, 2008

    As Gaza residents flood into Egypt seeking basic goods for survival, Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic aid network, is joining church, United Nations agencies and NGOs in calling for measures to end the escalating crisis in Gaza.

  • January 23, 2008

    Church agencies in Britain will be combining efforts during Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, from 26 January to 3 February, to highlight both the human face of inequality and the need to make it a public policy priority.

  • January 23, 2008

    The BBC are to broadcast a new prime time series about the days before Jesus' crucifixion which it is suggested will attract audiences of ten million. The series follows several other major programmes exploring the Christian faith.