News Brief

  • December 12, 2007

    Following public criticism, several embarrassing cases resurfacing from the past and a painstaking subsequent review of procedure, the Church of England has published its "model protocol" for handling child protection cases.

  • December 12, 2007

    A senior leader of the Russian Orthodox Church met last week with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, a visit seen as adding credence to reports of a thaw in relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church.

  • December 12, 2007

    Pope Benedict XVI has called for increased efforts from international leaders toward nuclear disarmament.

    His message, ahead of the 41st World Day of Peace (1 Jan 2008), was released yesterday.

  • December 12, 2007

    Churches used financial leverage to force British Airways to change its uniform policy, according to a new website aimed at making the investment activities of churches in the UK more transparent. The Church Investors Group has combined assets of £12 billion.

  • December 12, 2007

    A new scheme to deal with first time young offenders who have committed a minor offence will be piloted early next year. The scheme aims to stop them going to court unnecessarily, while at the same time ensuring that they make amends for their offence via an apology to the victim.

  • December 11, 2007

    Christians are being urged not to be taken in by a hoax email claiming the Royal Mail have instructed staff not to sell religious-themed Christmas stamps. The email warning comes in a number of different versions

  • December 10, 2007

    Designs carrying the fairtrade cotton Mark are being profiled at in a new area of the show dedicated to ethical and eco-friendly fashion. Pieces made with Fairtrade cotton will also hit the catwalk as the finalists of a Fairtrade cotton t-shirt design competition profile their work

  • December 10, 2007

    Levels of religious knowledge throughout Ireland are decreasing significantly, and in Northern Ireland are even lower than in the Republic according to a new poll, believed to be the first ever conducted on the subject in Northern Ireland

  • December 10, 2007

    Tearfund says governments must commit at least $50 billion every year to helping the world’s most vulnerable communities prepare to save their own lives and livelihoods, according to their new report called Climate of Disaster

  • December 10, 2007

    Fourteen leaders of the main Christian Churches in West Yorkshire have welcomed an Islamic report for its peacemaking efforts, and urged Christians to use it to build bridges with their Muslim neighbours.