News Brief

  • October 3, 2007

    Saving the environment is a serious business – but you can still have a laugh doing it. That’s the message of UK development agency Christian Aid in launching a couple of hilarious YouTube videos aimed at getting people to take up the eco-challenge with a smile on their faces.

  • October 3, 2007

    There is an "international responsibility to protect people at risk in the Darfur region ... and in neighbouring Chad," says the World Council of Churches executive committee, calling on member churches to bring that responsibility "to the attention of their governments".

  • October 3, 2007

    The Archbishop of Harare has issued an urgent appeal for help as Zimbabwe faces a spiralling food crisis. It is estimated that one in three people will soon be in need of food aid following a disastrous harvest.

  • October 3, 2007

    Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, has called on the 62nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, currently being held in New York, for a consistent ethic of life in relation to development, poverty, ecology and human dignity.

  • October 3, 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said on a visit to the Armenian genocide memorial that violence targeted against whole communities is ‘one of the greatest disgraces of the twentieth century’ and must be utterly repudiated in the twenty-first.

  • October 3, 2007

    The Kyoto Protocol is "an important step forward towards a just and sustainable global climate policy regime" but "much more radical reductions [of greenhouse gas emissions] are urgently needed," the World Council of Churches' executive committee has declared.

  • October 3, 2007

    A company in Monmouthshire, Wales, an area where Dr Rowan Williams used to be bishop before eventually moving on to Canterbury, has launched a line of religious mobile phone products, including a downloadable Bible for £6 and non-violent computer games.

  • October 3, 2007

    The peace and tranquility associated with religious life has been rudely punctured in a convent in Italy, which is being shut down after a fight between its last three remaining nuns - in a dispute which has resulted in a letter to the Pope.

  • October 2, 2007

    With reports of hundreds of people killed by the junta in Burma, international solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters is set to continue this week in spite of the crackdown and what looks like a logjam in UN diplomacy.

  • October 2, 2007

    These days, it can so easily feel as if religion is an anti-democratic force in our polity, writes Giles Fraser. No one votes for Bishops in the House of Lords, for example. So it's worth remembering that in this country, as indeed in many others too, religion was the nursemaid of democracy.