News Brief

  • July 24, 2007

    South Africa's former minister of police in the last apartheid era government, Adriaan Vlok, and the police chief under his watch, Johann van der Merwe, are to be charged with attempted murder of a church leader.

  • July 23, 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has received an award from UK parliamentarians for his work in helping to promote ecologically friendly causes - including a Church of England carbon-cutting campaign.

  • July 23, 2007

    The Vatican City State governate has opened a new internet portal, to meet the needs of the ever-increasing numbers of pilgrims and tourists, and to increase its public relations capacities.

  • July 23, 2007

    Malaysian Christians have expressed fresh worries that the government may be infringing the basics of religious freedom, after the country's deputy prime minister described Malaysia as "an Islamic state"

  • July 21, 2007

    At the root of death-dealing religion and ideology is fear, says Simon Barrow. The biggest challenge we face today is how to challenge cultures of death from within, replacing the logic of the sword with an invitation to life.

  • July 20, 2007

    Nobel Peace Laureate and ex-Archbishop Desmond Tutu is to chair a global group of “elders” who will visit some of the world’s conflict zones to offer experience, wisdom, and advice on moving toward non-violent solutions.

  • July 20, 2007

    Third Way magazine, a Christian current affairs and culture magazine, has joined the publishing group which puts out the independent Church of England weekly paper, the Church Times. But it intends to retain its radical edge.

  • July 19, 2007

    People in the Clifton Catholic Diocese in southwest England have received an invitation to the Bristol Islamic Cultural Fayre on Sunday 22 July. Participants hope it will build inter-faith cooperation on ecology and other issues.

  • July 19, 2007

    Despite having a different faith tradition to the Christian majority in the United States, Muslim Americans share much in common with other US religious groups, including white evangelical Protestants, a new study has found.

  • July 18, 2007

    The outspoken Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, has urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down as the country faces deepening political and economic woes - and new reports of abuses come through.