News Brief

  • August 29, 2007

    Sudan Christian leaders are concerned that the country's oil wealth, previously used by the government in the north of the country to fuel a 21-year war in the south, is again being used for war purposes, as well as government attempts to solve the Darfur crisis.

  • August 28, 2007

    In a move which could signal a longer-term shift in its ministry, the role of deacons as missionaries to their local communities should be taken more seriously, argues a report from the Church of England’s Faith and Order Advisory Group published last week.

  • August 28, 2007

    The signing of a declaration between a group representing Muslims and a leading Christian body in Norway, which supports the mutual right to convert between faiths without harassment, is the first pact of its type in the world, the two bodies have announced.

  • August 28, 2007

    Christian Aid is sending £50,000 to local partner organisations in Ica, one of the regions most badly affected by the 8.0 magnitude quake which struck off the coast of Peru on 15 August 2007, claiming 500 lives and leaving thousands homeless.

  • August 28, 2007

    An ambitious media look at religious zealots in Christianity, Judaism and Islam is receiving worldwide media coverage, but lukewarm reviews from television critics in the United States. The CNN series began to air on 22 August 2007

  • August 27, 2007

    The annual Greenbelt arts festival is re-establishing itself as a premier Bank Holiday event - with music, culture and debate at its heart. Singer Billy Bragg and composer John Tavener have been among the draws.

  • August 27, 2007

    The international development agency Christian Aid is protesting that a labour organisation it works with in Egypt has been refused permission to officially register its organisation, preventing its advocacy for workers' rights.

  • August 25, 2007

    Despite a significant overall fall-off over the past 30 years, more than 171,000 GCSE students are opening envelopes to reveal their grades in Religious Education today, an increase of 7.2 per cent in those taking the full course since 2006.

  • August 25, 2007

    A war-damaged Anglican church building along Jaffna's main road in Sri Lanka is to become a centre for peace and understanding - as the church seeks to join other non-violent groups within civil society working for an end to the country's decades long conflict.

  • August 24, 2007

    Visitors to the Greenbelt festival will have a chance to take an unusual round-the-world tour as Christian Aid’s Climate SOS exhibition goes on show this weekend. The exhibition features villages from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK.