News Brief

  • December 6, 2007

    A Catholic university in the US will honour the Buddhist monks of Burma (Myanmar) for their courage and nonviolent demonstrations against the tyrannical Burmese military earlier this year, by awarding them with an honorary doctorate.

  • December 6, 2007

    A Baghdad-based British Anglican priest has told a US news network that Christians are considerably worse off now than they were during the regime of the late Saddam Hussein, Iraq's former dictator, whose deposition he welcomed.

  • December 6, 2007

    Workers are still paid only 5p an hour for 80-hour weeks producing clothes for leading UK retailers Primark, Tesco and Asda in Bangladesh, says a charity. This is despite the publication a year ago of a report which exposed their 'sweatshops'.

  • December 5, 2007

    The decision by the High Court not to allow a prosecution against BBC Director-General Mark Thompson for blasphemy to go ahead has been welcomed by Christians and Humanists. Stephen Green of the group Christian Voice, had attempted to prosecute Mark Thompson

  • December 5, 2007

    As Zimbabwean leader, President Mugabe, flies into Lisbon for the AU / EU Summit (7-9 December 2007), UK relief and development agency Tearfund, is urging that the talks should focus on the devastating humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

  • December 5, 2007

    An all-volunteer group of professional, collegiate and church musicians and choir singers from seven US states will embark on December 14 for the Holy Land, to join with Israeli and Palestinian musicians to perform a progressive, four-city Christmas choir tour

  • December 5, 2007

    The fight against climate change has been marked by broken promises and missed opportunities, say three European bishops in a letter to political leaders gathered at the United Nations-led talks on the Indonesian island of Bali.

  • December 5, 2007

    A new Government scheme which is being supported by Church Action on Poverty is to allow communities a direct say in how council money is spent. Hazel Blears announced yesterday that local communities will get the chance to access their own 'community kitty'

  • December 5, 2007

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, evangelical leaders Rick and Kay Warren and the Rev Gideon Byamugisha, the first African Anglican priest to openly say he is HIV-positive, are contributors to an Advent Calendar focussing on HIV-AIDS awareness.

  • December 5, 2007

    A unique recording of a traditional Shona lament and a Western Christmas carol is entering the race for this year's Christmas Number One. The single - Makandifira/Silent Night - features a 30-strong Zimbabwean children's choir, all of them residents of Makumbi Children's Home and either orphaned by AIDS or HIV