News Brief

  • November 19, 2007

    In what will be a blow to both church and government which has supported new church schools, the results of the survey conducted by Opinion Research Business (ORB) on behalf of the Church show widespread distrust of church schools.

  • November 19, 2007

    Young Catholics are being urged to follow the example of Mahatma Gandhi as they gather for National Youth Sunday. A new DVD, produced for National Youth Sunday, in association with Catholic Youth Services (CYS) and Pax Christi explores the themes of non-violence, peacemaking and justice.

  • November 19, 2007

    Commuters amongst others will have the opportunity to reflect on Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est this Advent, courtesy of the British Jesuits.

  • November 19, 2007

    Governments will today (Nov 19) be accused of denying millions of people in the developing world a simple medical breakthrough – sanitation - that transformed British society 150 years ago. A new report from Christian development agency Tearfund calls for a Global Action Plan.

  • November 19, 2007

    Nobel Peace Laureate and South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says that Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams should be tackling homophobia in the church and making it a welcoming place for lesbian and gay people.

  • November 19, 2007

    Coastal communities in Bangladesh and north-east India scrambled to shelters as a category 4 cyclone, with wind speeds of around 150 mph, caused devastation over the weekend - with nearly 3,000 dead, and the total likely to move toward 10,000.

  • November 19, 2007

    The case of a Sikh pupil suspended from a Welsh school for wearing a wrist bangle is now likely to go to judicial review after the school concerned refused to adopt a more flexible dress policy and is seeking further legal advice.

  • November 19, 2007

    Every year 19th November is World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day falls on the day in 1792 when the Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals was patented. But campaigners say it also a day to celebrate the humble, yet vitally important, toilet and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. You can give a toilet through Christian Aid here

  • November 19, 2007

    Trying to make workplaces religion free is no solution to human fears about 'the other', says Simon Barrow, reflecting on recent cases of controversy involving religious dress and symbols in schools and companies.

  • November 18, 2007

    Christian faith is about sustaining faith in face of the knowledge and reality of death, says Simon Barrow. The feasts of All Saints and All Souls put us in solidarity with a host of people who have struggled to see right prevail.