News Brief

  • April 14, 2008

    Hopes that Zimbabwe’s neighbours would act to end the deepening crisis were dashed at the weekend when an all-night emergency summit of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) failed to acknowledge an emergency

  • April 14, 2008

    In advance of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the US, three prominent gay Catholics have urged the pontiff to enter into a dialogue with lesbian and gay Catholics. They addressed the pontiff through open statements about their lives, loves, and hopes for the church at a press conference at the end of last week.

  • April 10, 2008

    The High Court this morning ruled that the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) acted unlawfully when he stopped a corruption investigation into BAE Systems' arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

  • April 10, 2008

    Campaigners calling for the cancellation of poor country debts will begin a 36-day rolling fast on Saturday, ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Drop the Debt campaign in May.

  • April 9, 2008

    Church Action on Poverty has called on the Government to reconsider changes in the last Budget which have increased tax for the poorest families.

  • April 8, 2008

    "We remain committed to work side by side with the churches", the president of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has told representatives of an international ecumenical delegation in Juba, Southern Sudan.

  • April 4, 2008

    International development agencies have warned that Zimbabwe is becoming increasingly tense as election results continue to hang in the balance. Agencies are also deeply concerned about the counting and tabulation of votes cast.

  • April 3, 2008

    The Church in Wales yesterday rejected a Bill which would have allowed women to be ordained as bishops. The measure was voted down by just three votes. Archbishop Barry Morgan spoke of his “deep disappointment”.

  • April 2, 2008

    The Bush administration is writing blank checks for weapons systems that are hundreds of billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule while cutting funds that help real people at home and abroad

  • April 1, 2008

    Church Action on Poverty (CAP) has warmly welcomed a new report which finds significant failings in the UK asylum system. The report condemns the Government policy of making refused asylum-seekers destitute.