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  • 24 Sep 2007

    Britain has been accused of ignoring the plight of millions of refugees fleeing the violence in Iraq. A report by Amnesty International has said it was "staggering" that the UK had forcibly returned more refugees to Iraq than any other European nation.

  • 23 Sep 2007

    After two churches banned yoga classes, causing comment and puzzlement in the United Kingdom, a Catholic priest and school principal in India has declared that British clergy who describe yoga as a “sham,” a “false philosophy” and “un-Christian” are uninformed about the practice.

  • 23 Sep 2007

    An Israeli government plan to suspend electricity and fuel to Gaza’s civilian population will severely impact local people’s health and wellbeing, harming peace and security in the area, church and development organisations have declared.

  • 23 Sep 2007

    Transformational diplomacy is not about entrenching Western interests in Palestine-Israel, says Michael Marten. It is about encouraging advice from regional experts, engaging with ‘the enemy’, treating Occupier and Occupied as such and working towards a just resolution.

  • 22 Sep 2007

    Following on from his visit to the United States, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has embarked on a series of short visits to Armenia, Syria and Lebanon. The aim is to deepen church relations and promote peace. The trip runs from 22 - 29 September 2007.

  • 22 Sep 2007

    Buddhist monks are leading nonviolent protests across Burma as opposition to dictatorship and calls for the restoration of democracy increase. They want the Burmese people to pray in their doorways for 15 minutes at 20.00 on Sunday (23 September 2007), Monday and Tuesday.

  • 22 Sep 2007

    Christian, Muslim and Hindu groups in Kenya are to launch a campaign to urge political leaders to sign a peace charter and pledge to avoid violence ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for December 2007.

  • 21 Sep 2007

    Discussions about gun control and small arms trafficking, violence in the streets and against ethnic groups, as well as the engagement by churches in peacemaking activities consumed the first days of a 10-day visit to the United States by an international team.

  • 21 Sep 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has appointed Paula Clifford on a six month secondment from the UK-based international development agency Christian Aid to help further the Church of England's quest for sustainable solutions to climate change.

  • 21 Sep 2007

    Church and development organisations across Africa say the extreme rainfall experienced by the continent this summer is the worst in decades and is having a devastating impact on the food supply. They are warning that immediate action is needed.

  • 21 Sep 2007

    A new wave of religious freedom is sweeping across Libya, say Christians in the north African country. This follows three decades during which the tiny community faced restrictions due to the nation's hostile stance towards the West - which people identified with Christianity.

  • 21 Sep 2007

    Churches are stepping in to a 'national health care system cracked and breaking' to care for many of the 47 million Americans who have no health insurance.

  • 21 Sep 2007

    A Christian aid agency reports that Zimbabwe is in an increasingly desperate situation, with little food due to drought and poor harvests, and the collapse of civil infrastructure meaning basic services are no longer available to the majority of Zimbabweans.

  • 21 Sep 2007

    Rich polluters should pay for the impact of climate change on the world's poorest, a Catholic Aid agency has said.

  • 20 Sep 2007

    The Bishop of Exeter has encouraged congregations not just to thank God for the food they eat but to remember the farmers who produce it at their Harvest Festivals.