News Brief

  • September 24, 2008

    The current economic crash is producing cries of pain, calls for "self-healing" and questions with a distinctly theological resonance, says Martin E. Marty. But do we really get the need to, er, repent?

  • September 24, 2008

    Roman Catholics can learn from Protestant reformer Martin Luther, the Vatican's top official for Christian unity, has said, as many churches in Germany prepare to launch a 10-year series of events for his 500th anniversary.

  • September 24, 2008

    Indians are mourning the death of a Catholic priest who dedicated his life to developing positive relations between Christians and Muslims at a time when extremists are fostering violence among the communities for political ends.

  • September 24, 2008

    As part of a UN debate about the future of development in Africa, a senior Vatican representative has called for "authentic partnership" with the continent in tackling the many challenges of poverty and development.

  • September 24, 2008

    Can saints and martyrs – or simply Christians who lived exemplary lives – help unite and focus the churches in the C21st century? An international group of experts will discuss this and related questions at a symposium in Italy.

  • September 23, 2008

    As Gordon Brown prepares to deliver a speech promising “fairness for all”, church leaders this morning delivered their own message for a fairer society to delegates at the Labour Party Conference.

  • September 23, 2008

    A senior Bajrang Dal leader in Karnataka has been arrested in connection with the widespread attack on Christian churches and prayer halls, police officials and the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference in India have announced.

  • September 23, 2008

    The Lutheran Church of Sweden will today mark the 50th anniversary of its decision in 1958 to ordain women as priests, and cathedrals in all of the church's 13 dioceses are to hold services to celebrate the anniversary.

  • September 23, 2008

    Business Secretary John Hutton’s ringing endorsement of coal as a source of energy at the Labour conference makes a public enquiry into plans to build a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth essential, says Christian Aid.

  • September 23, 2008

    A Catholic priest who lives and ministers in London began a short prison sentence last week, after he refused to pay a fine following a peace protest which was ruled to have broken public order restrictions.