UK News Briefing

  • June 19, 2003

    Members of underground church arrested in China

    -19/6/03

    Police in southwestern China have arrested eight members of an underground Christian church on charg

    Members of underground church arrested in China -19/6/03 Police in southwestern China have arrested eight members of an underground Christian church on charges of spreading "feudalistic superstition," the local religious administration has said. The...
  • June 19, 2003

    Asteroid may have caused conversion of Constantine

    -19/6/03

    Claims are being made that an asteroid which exploded like a nuclear bomb may have converted the

    Asteroid may have caused conversion of Constantine -19/6/03 Claims are being made that an asteroid which exploded like a nuclear bomb may have converted the Roman emperor Constantine to Christianity. Scientists have discovered an impact crater...
  • June 19, 2003

    Christian Aid attacks apartheid wall around West Bank

    -19/6/03

    Christian Aid's director, Dr Daleep Mukarji, has returned from Israel and the Occupied Palest

    Christian Aid attacks apartheid wall around West Bank -19/6/03 Christian Aid's director, Dr Daleep Mukarji, has returned from Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, criticising the Israeli security fence which will eventually surround the...
  • June 19, 2003

    Fox-huting bill reappears after rallying call from theologian

    -19/6/03

    The Hunting Bill, which bans hare coursing and stag hunting and effectively bans lowla

    Fox-huting bill reappears after rallying call from theologian -19/6/03 The Hunting Bill, which bans hare coursing and stag hunting and effectively bans lowland foxhunting, is to return to the Commons on June 30 after a gap which has seen a well...
  • June 18, 2003

    Bishops issue letter against appointment of gay theologian

    -18/6/03

    A group of nine, largely evangelical, diocesan bishops have issued an open letter attempt

    Bishops issue letter against appointment of gay theologian -18/6/03 A group of nine, largely evangelical, diocesan bishops have issued an open letter attempting to get the appointment of of a gay theologian as suffragan bishop of Reading, rescinded...
  • June 16, 2003

    Bush tax cuts face biblical test

    -16/6/03

    A looming financial crisis in Alabama's state government has sparked an improbable debate about how Christians shou

    Bush tax cuts face biblical test -16/6/03 A looming financial crisis in Alabamaís state government has sparked an improbable debate about how Christians should treat the poor reported the Times newspaper at the weekend. To the consternation of...
  • June 16, 2003

    Pope urges work for middle east peace

    -16/6/03

    Pope John Paul II has urged the international community to help Israelis and Palestinians work together to for

    Pope urges work for middle east peace -16/6/03 Pope John Paul II has urged the international community to help Israelis and Palestinians work together to forge a peaceful future. His fresh appeal from St Peter's Square for an end to conflict...
  • June 16, 2003

    Report to propose shake-up of church-state relations

    -16/6/03

    The Queen should be stripped of her title as Supreme Governor of the Church of England accordin

    Report to propose shake-up of church-state relations -16/6/03 The Queen should be stripped of her title as Supreme Governor of the Church of England according to a major new report on the monarchy. In what would be one of the most radical changes...
  • June 13, 2003

    Anglican splits grow over issues of sexuality

    -13/6/03

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the Church of England to show constructive support for gay

    Anglican splits grow over issues of sexuality -13/6/03 The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the Church of England to show constructive support for gay men and women as the wider Anglican Church appears to move closer to schism over the issue...
  • June 13, 2003

    Scottish church to get women bishops

    -13/6/03

    A vote by Bishops in Scotland has paved the way for the first female Anglican bishop in Britain who could be ap

    Scottish church to get women bishops -13/6/03 A vote by Bishops in Scotland has paved the way for the first female Anglican bishop in Britain who could be appointed next year. The Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church backed the ordination of women...