UK News Briefing

  • March 11, 2004

    Methodists offer members discount drugs

    -11/3/04

    In what is believed to be a first for a religious denomination, the United Methodist Church in the

    Methodists offer members discount drugs -11/3/04 In what is believed to be a first for a religious denomination, the United Methodist Church in the USA is offering discount drug cards that slash up to 65 percent off most prescriptions....
  • March 11, 2004

    Pope to mark new milestone

    -11/3/04

    Pope John Paul II passes a new milestone on Sunday, officially becoming the third longest-reigning pontiff in th

    Pope to mark new milestone -11/3/04 Pope John Paul II passes a new milestone on Sunday, officially becoming the third longest-reigning pontiff in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, according to the Vatican. The Pope, who is due to turn 84 in...
  • March 11, 2004

    Pope appoints woman to top post

    -11/3/04

    Pope John Paul II has named a female law professor at Harvard University and a bioethics expert to head the

    Pope appoints woman to top post -11/3/04 Pope John Paul II has named a female law professor at Harvard University and a bioethics expert to head the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the highest Vatican advisory post held by a woman. The...
  • March 10, 2004

    Death penalty more expensive than prison

    -10/3/04

    The death penalty is up to 70% more expensive to implement than comparable non-death penalty cases

    Death penalty more expensive than prison -10/3/04 The death penalty is up to 70% more expensive to implement than comparable non-death penalty cases a study in the US has concluded. The conclusion which will be welcomed by Christian campaigners...
  • March 10, 2004

    Christianity used to damage environment says Bishop

    -10/3/04

    A Church of England bishop has warned that global warming could be the next punishment

    Christianity used to damage environment says Bishop -10/3/04 A Church of England bishop has warned that global warming could be the next punishment for ìmanís disobedienceî, and admitted that Christianity had been used to encourage misuse of the...
  • March 10, 2004

    Churches give away Gibson tickets

    -10/3/04

    Four English churches are following the lead of US churches and offering free cinema tickets to see Mel G

    Churches give away Gibson tickets -10/3/04 Four English churches are following the lead of US churches and offering free cinema tickets to see Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. The Church of England parishes, in and around Maidstone,...
  • March 10, 2004

    Bible smuggler released after 3 years jail

    -10/3/04

    A Protestant activist, Yu Zhudi, has been released after 3 years in prison on charges of secretl

    Bible smuggler released after 3 years jail -10/3/04 A Protestant activist, Yu Zhudi, has been released after 3 years in prison on charges of secretly distributing copies of bibles in southeast China. Yu Zhudi, 46, was freed on March 7 in Baisha,...
  • March 10, 2004

    Christian peace groups back support for UN

    -10/3/04

    Governments must give the UN a chance to do its job without interference, said Hans von Sponeck

    Christian peace groups back support for UN -10/3/04 Governments must give the UN a chance to do its job without interference, said Hans von Sponeck ahead of the Eighth Annual Lobby of Parliament, which aims for a greater alignment of UK foreign...
  • March 10, 2004

    Williams praises author accused of blashemy

    -10/3/04

    Philip Pullman, the best-selling author with a widely advertised contempt for organised religio

    Williams praises author accused of blashemy -10/3/04 Philip Pullman, the best-selling author with a widely advertised contempt for organised religion, has found an unlikely champion in the Archbishop of Canterbury reports the Guardian. Rowan...
  • March 9, 2004

    China continues church crackdown

    -9/4/04

    China has arrested a leading Roman Catholic bishop as the Government continues a crackdown on underground c

    China continues church crackdown -9/4/04 China has arrested a leading Roman Catholic bishop as the Government continues a crackdown on underground churches and sects, a religious rights group says. Wei Jingyi, the underground bishop of Qiqihar in...