News Brief

  • November 8, 2007

    The Roman Catholic bishop of Portsmouth is backing a campaign to legalise brothels. The Right Reverend Crispian Hollis says he does not condone prostitution but supports the controversial campaign launched by Hampshire Women's Institute.

  • November 8, 2007

    Vatican Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has sent his greetings and best wishes to the Hindu community ahead of the feast of Diwali.

  • November 8, 2007

    Prospective US Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has been urged to reconsider his acceptance of the endorsement of a controversial televangelist known for scathing attacks on Muslims and Islam.

  • November 8, 2007

    CURE International, a US-based Christian medical charity which operates teaching hospitals throughout the developing world, yesterday announced plans to open a $16.5 million state-of-the-art medical training centre and hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine.

  • November 8, 2007

    Christian homelessness charity Housing Justice has joined with Scottish Churches Housing Action, Church Action on Poverty and the Church Urban Fund to launch an investigation into the experience of poverty, homelessness and bad housing across Britain.

  • November 8, 2007

    As medical science continues to explore the wonder of the human body, we must ensure that our theological thinking keeps pace, says Kevin Boyd. Fleshly existence is deeply bound up with religious formation, not least in incarnational Christianity.

  • November 8, 2007

    A prominent US Pentecostal leader has hailed a world gathering that has been described as bringing together the broadest range of Christian traditions ever assembled at a global meeting, saying that it is "a new Pentecost".

  • November 8, 2007

    A member of a leading workers' rights organisation in Brazil, partnered by Christian Aid and other aid agencies, has been shot dead at point-blank range after fighting broke out during the occupation of a genetically modified crops testing site.

  • November 8, 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a newspaper he thinks the British government should raise the age of criminal responsibility, acknowledging that very young people involved in crime still need to be recognised as children.

  • November 8, 2007

    The Vatican has sent a message urging cooperation between Christians and Hindus in anticipation of their celebration of Diwali on 9 November. Shared by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the world as the 'Festival of Light,' Diwali marks the triumph of life over death.