UK News

  • January 28, 2007

    It started as another UK reality TV show scrabbling for ratings and ended up at the epicentre of a global row about race, culture and class. But tonight (28 January 2007) Shilpa Shetty, the Bollywood star, brought a hint of redemption to Channel 4 by winning Celebrity Big Brother with 63 per cent of the 4 million plus popular vote.

  • January 26, 2007

    A vigil is to be held tomorrow (Saturday) outside a London prison for a Christian peacemaker, jailed this week after protesting outside the Ministry of Defence.

  • January 26, 2007

    While the Catholic Cardinal and the Church of England, or at least its two archbishops, are perceived to be at war with the government over one set of public services, in relation to the equalities agenda, yesterday (25 January 2007) they set their face in favour of a public service ethos in relation to broadcasting.

  • January 25, 2007

    In a statement this afternoon (25 January 2007), British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a practicing Anglican married to a devout Catholic, has said that he has always personally been in favour of the right of lesbian and gay couples to adopt, adding that proposals to resolve the dispute with the Catholic Church will be brought forward next week.

  • January 25, 2007

    There are serious confusions and contradictions in the position being put forward by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster over his claim that Catholic adoption agencies will be forced to close if the Equalities Act, due to come into force in April 2007, prohibits them from refusing homosexual couples.

  • January 25, 2007

    As government ministers last night (24 January 2007) made it clear that they would not bow to strong pressure from Catholic and Anglican leaders who wish to retain the right for church-sponsored adoption services to refuse lesbian and gay couples, Harriet Harman, Minister for Justice at the Department for Constitutional Affairs, has reminded churches that it is not possible to be “a bit opposed to discrimination”.

  • January 25, 2007

    In 2006, the young people of Methodism challenged the Church to dedicate a month to prayer for improved relationships between people of different faiths. They pointed to the 'hostile and untrue' things that are said about some faiths, particularly Islam. Inter faith action, they decided, was hugely important as a way of challenging this. And the first step could be prayer.

  • January 25, 2007

    Christian peace campaigner Brian Haw, who maintained a protest against the Iraq war for over 2000 days in Parliament Square, has had a series of charges against him under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act dismissed in the High Court by Judge Quentin Purdy ‚Ä' who criticized the way the case had been brought.

  • January 24, 2007

    Figures just released by the Church of England record that regular Sunday church attendance in 2005 fell by over two per cent.

  • January 24, 2007

    Christian Aid is looking for volunteers to join the longest ever protest march in UK history.