News Brief

  • November 19, 2008

    Lawyers, charities and church workers have described as "extraordinary" and "deplorable" comments by UK Immigration Minister Phil Woolas suggesting that people seeking asylum should not have access to full British justice.

  • November 19, 2008

    There are five different individuals on the BNP's list - which has now been removed from the site on which it was posted - listed with the title "Rev" or "Revd".

  • November 19, 2008

    Great Britain’s top toilet habit is reading, with more than 14 million people choosing to look at books, magazines and newspapers to pass the time while they are on the porcelain throne, according to a survey published to mark World Toilet Day today.

  • November 19, 2008

    Church leaders are being encouraged to help make 2009 ‘a year to remember’ for young people and the Church with the launch of an interdenominational Year of the Child, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Year of the Child.

  • November 18, 2008

    A member of the Church of England's general synod who supports a greater role for women in the church says that in 10 years half of all full-time clergy will be women, but moves to consecrate female bishops is not keeping pace.

  • November 18, 2008

    Congolese Catholic bishops have issued a "cry of grief and protest" about the murderous situation in their country - calling for more concerted action from the UN, the authorities and the international community.

  • November 18, 2008

    The British Humanist Association (BHA) has urged on the British government to push ahead with legal reform on organ donation which would have the effect of requiring people to opt out rather than opt in to the donation system.

  • November 17, 2008

    One in four young people from across all religions are being bullied because of their religious beliefs. That is finding of a report by Beatbullying, the UK’s leading bullying prevention charity, published today.

  • November 17, 2008

    The biblical theme of judgement confronts us with some tough issues, says Simon Barrow. But rightly understood it is about liberation not vindictiveness, and a reorientation which is economic as much as spiritual, political as much as religious.

  • November 17, 2008

    Local churches have been backing five Irish traveller families living on an unofficial site in Wickford, Essex, who now face eviction because the land they bought is within a green zone area. They have lodged an appeal.