News Brief

  • February 12, 2008

    Rowan Williams clarified the nub of his thinking and showed contrition for clumsiness, but he declined to apologise and is not off the hook, say commentators and other public figures today, amid calls for disestablishment.

  • February 12, 2008

    The main governing body of the World Council of Churches is meeting in Geneva from 13-20 February, during which it will celebrate the 60th anniversary its 1948 founding. The WCC is now the world's largest Christian grouping.

  • February 12, 2008

    Human rights groups and critics of extra-legal detention and the 'war on terror' have expressed deep concern about the proposed trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees on charges related to the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

  • February 12, 2008

    The Vatican daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, seen as required reading for those wanting to know the standpoint of the Holy See, but also known for an austere black and white layout, is appearing in colour for the first time.

  • February 11, 2008

    "There is no dispute about our common allegiance to the law of the land" Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams told the General Synod of the Church of England - and a watching world on TV and the internet - this afternoon.

  • February 11, 2008

    With peace seemingly returning to the troubled country, churches within and outside Kenya are now taking stock of the experiences from an ecumenical team visit made during a month of unrest and violence.

  • February 11, 2008

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has privately asked Archbishop Rowan Williams to clarify the precise import of his remarks about the social and legal codes of Sharia and the English civil law system, those close to 10 Downing Street say.

  • February 11, 2008

    As churches from around the world gear up to respond to the Southern Africa flood emergency, the Methodist Church in Britain is sending a solidarity grant of £30,000 to provide support for the victims of the disaster.

  • February 11, 2008

    A priminent Labour MP, speaking on behalf of the Christian Socialist Movement, has condemned the "hysterical and largely uninformed media response" to Archbishop Rowan Williams' lecture on civil and religious law in Britain.

  • February 10, 2008

    Electronics workers in Mexico are regularly subjected to denial of labour rights and dignity by companies - practices which needed to be challenged and changed, says a new report from the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development.