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  • 4 Oct 2007

    The funeral of a Sri Lankan Roman Catholic priest tragically killed by a mine blast as he was on his way to distribute supplies to displaced people, has attracted more than 5,000 mourners including Hindus and Muslims.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    Campaigners from Christian Aid yesterday (Tuesday 2 October) published the results of research which shows that most of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies have not committed to targets for absolute reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    Saving the environment is a serious business – but you can still have a laugh doing it. That’s the message of UK development agency Christian Aid in launching a couple of hilarious YouTube videos aimed at getting people to take up the eco-challenge with a smile on their faces.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    There is an "international responsibility to protect people at risk in the Darfur region ... and in neighbouring Chad," says the World Council of Churches executive committee, calling on member churches to bring that responsibility "to the attention of their governments".

  • 3 Oct 2007

    The Archbishop of Harare has issued an urgent appeal for help as Zimbabwe faces a spiralling food crisis. It is estimated that one in three people will soon be in need of food aid following a disastrous harvest.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, has called on the 62nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, currently being held in New York, for a consistent ethic of life in relation to development, poverty, ecology and human dignity.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said on a visit to the Armenian genocide memorial that violence targeted against whole communities is ‘one of the greatest disgraces of the twentieth century’ and must be utterly repudiated in the twenty-first.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    The Kyoto Protocol is "an important step forward towards a just and sustainable global climate policy regime" but "much more radical reductions [of greenhouse gas emissions] are urgently needed," the World Council of Churches' executive committee has declared.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    A company in Monmouthshire, Wales, an area where Dr Rowan Williams used to be bishop before eventually moving on to Canterbury, has launched a line of religious mobile phone products, including a downloadable Bible for £6 and non-violent computer games.

  • 3 Oct 2007

    The peace and tranquility associated with religious life has been rudely punctured in a convent in Italy, which is being shut down after a fight between its last three remaining nuns - in a dispute which has resulted in a letter to the Pope.

  • 2 Oct 2007

    With reports of hundreds of people killed by the junta in Burma, international solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters is set to continue this week in spite of the crackdown and what looks like a logjam in UN diplomacy.

  • 2 Oct 2007

    These days, it can so easily feel as if religion is an anti-democratic force in our polity, writes Giles Fraser. No one votes for Bishops in the House of Lords, for example. So it's worth remembering that in this country, as indeed in many others too, religion was the nursemaid of democracy.

  • 2 Oct 2007

    Even in modern Europe, there is an undercurrent of racism often linked with the notion of preserving 'a Christian heritage' says Savi Hensman. Minority groups are excluded and people are made to feel insecure. A better theology and practice of God's radical grace is needed.

  • 2 Oct 2007

    The place of baptism in the Established Church, and consequently wider society, has changed greatly in the last century, a new book from the Church of England acknowledges. It offers assistance with developing the rite but does not explore post-Christendom in any depth.

  • 2 Oct 2007

    The United States Federal Bureau of Prisons has said it will return "non-approved" religious books and other materials that were removed from the shelves of federal prison libraries because of concerns over the threat of terrorism.