News Brief

  • September 13, 2007

    The Bush administration has come out against the idea of equal access to Internet communications. The US Justice Department says ISPs should be able to charge a fee for “priority web traffic” – critics say this opens the door to a two-tier system divided between rich and poor.

  • September 13, 2007

    A media frenzy based on the supposed spiritual emptiness in the life of Mother Teresa, made public in some of her recently published letters, derives from a lack of spirituality, says Roman Catholic Archbishop Lucas Sirkar of Calcutta.

  • September 12, 2007

    The Evangelical Alliance, which claims to represent Evangelical Christians in the UK, has said it is "encouraging Christians to respond respectfully and in a Christ-like manner" to the decision made in yesterday’s judicial review of Northern Ireland’s Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • September 12, 2007

    The latest national citizens’ enquiry into the UK asylum system will hear evidence on the asylum appeals process at a public hearing in Leeds on Thursday 20 September. While media-driven attitudes have hardened, the Independent Asylum Commission advocates a measured approach.

  • September 12, 2007

    Delegates at the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania, concluded their weeklong gathering on 9 September 2007 with a call to the churches of Europe to deepen their support for migrants and other victimised minority groups.

  • September 12, 2007

    Church and development organisations working in hurricane-hit Nicaragua and Honduras are urging people not to forget the long- and short-term victims of the region's 'hidden disaster', the profile of which is being dwarfed by other world events in the media.

  • September 12, 2007

    The Romanian Protestant cleric who is said to have sparked the 1989 revolution that overthrew of Nicolae Ceausescu, the country's former communist dictator, boycotted the recent European church assembly in Romania, accusing it of 'shop window ecumenism'.

  • September 12, 2007

    Fierce critic of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Pius Ncube, has resigned as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo after a sex scandal involving a married woman.

  • September 12, 2007

    Church leaders and communities facing situations of violence in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New Orleans will share their experiences with an international team from different churches, who will visit the United States next week.

  • September 12, 2007

    An international arms fair opening in London yesterday was met with a wave of protest from local residents, community leaders, politicians and Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).