News Brief

  • January 17, 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, has said that Christians should give priority to unity in the global Week of Prayer that runs from 18-25 January. He also commended a peace message from St Augustine.

  • January 17, 2008

    In a move that is designed as a challenge to "consumerism as usual" and a reminder of the dominance of money in our lives, the Methodist Church in Britain has launched an alternative Credit Card containing a "buy less" message.

  • January 16, 2008

    Pope Benedict has cancelled a visit to the prestigious La Sapienza University in Rome after protests about his past remarks about Galileo. But a professor there says attempts to stop him speaking violate intellectual freedom.

  • January 16, 2008

    The second meeting of an Evangelical Christian-Muslim Dialogue took place in Tripoli last week, and is seen by participants as an important step forward in understanding between two faith traditions that have often been at loggerheads.

  • January 16, 2008

    Kay Warren, Executive Director of the HIV initiative at Saddleback Church, California, USA, is adding her support to a Tearfund programme raising the awareness of HIV-AIDS with UK churches. She says the church has a key role to play.

  • January 16, 2008

    A new report commissioned by the Church of England says that university and college chaplains are making an important contribution to educational life and calls on Higher Education Institutions and the government to back them.

  • January 16, 2008

    The recent freeing of Clara Rojas and Consuelo González in Colombia has been welcomed by a World Council of Churches' spokesperson as a sign of hope that non-violence and justice is still possible in the troubled country.

  • January 16, 2008

    Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said multi-racial harmony in his country is under threat by State-sponsored Islamic puritanism that has damaged the constitutional rights of other faiths in the Muslim-majority nation

  • January 16, 2008

    Lambeth Palace, HQ of the Archbishop of Canterbury, has issued a strongly worded statement in response to media reports that a number of Anglican church services in Harare have been disrupted by Zimbabwean state officials.

  • January 16, 2008

    The global human rights group Amnesty International has called on the government of Iran to immediately abolish the "grotesque and horrific" practice of publicly stoning people to death.