News Brief

  • October 17, 2007

    For many years now, high profile Christian leaders have been saying that homosexuality is destroying the church, says Tim Nafziger. It turns out that it may be their homophobia that is isolating the church from young people and many others.

  • October 17, 2007

    Chaplains in the public sphere can play an important role in offering spiritual and pastoral support, says Andrew Copson. But they must be open to all, including the non-religious, who are unfairly marginalised in current arrangements.

  • October 17, 2007

    Almost a quarter of parents in London would lie about their faith to get their children into school, according to a new survey. 23% of London respondents to Children's Society commissioned poll said they would give false information.

  • October 17, 2007

    A Christian MP is emerging a the most tipped third contender in the race for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, after the surprise resignation of Menzies Campbell.

  • October 17, 2007

    The health of children should be a bipartisan concern, says the US United Church of Christ's general minister and president, calling politicians to override of a presidential veto against an expansion of a crucial children's health insurance programme.

  • October 17, 2007

    The National Council of Churches USA's Justice for Women Working Group is working with people of faith across America in October 2007 to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month and make sure the churches take the issue seriously.

  • October 17, 2007

    A church charity has attacked Tory Leader David Cameron and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, over their new commitments on inheritance tax. The challenge comes after a Cameron speech pledging to "make British poverty history".

  • October 17, 2007

    Work is continuing for the release of two Catholic priests kidnapped in northern Iraq last week. Unconfirmed reports say that contact has been made with their captors, but that initial attempts to secure their release apparently foundered.

  • October 17, 2007

    Zimbabwe is seeking to put pressure on other European Union countries to back off Britain's tough stance on human rights there, as the diplomatic debate over Prime Minister Gordon Brown's proposal to send an envoy to the country continues.

  • October 17, 2007

    Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has been welcomed in the Caribbean as representing "a new sense of communion to Anglicanism" in its diversity. In Barbados he has spoken of economic sharing as a key characteristic of Christian life.