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  • 29 Jan 2007

    Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams are among those from all traditions and backgrounds, including secularists, who have paid tribute to Abbe Pierre, the French Roman Catholic priest and iconic campaigner for the homeless who died recently.

  • 28 Jan 2007

    Over the weekend Zimbabwean police arrested nine church leaders, including a blind pastor, for allegedly holding a meeting in Kadoma without first seeking approval from the police - report human rights activists in Zimbabwe. They also confiscated nonviolence manuals

  • 28 Jan 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.

  • 28 Jan 2007

    Hours after a nationalist protester with a handgun made an attempt to hijack a commuter ferry in the Dardanelles strait on 27 January 2007, unidentified attackers stoned at a church in the northern Turkish town of Samsun today (Sunday), the Anatolian news agency has reported.

  • 27 Jan 2007

    Despite declining membership, five Dutch denominations have generated their best-ever result in their annual fundraising drive, which organisers say generates more money than any other campaign in the Netherlands - writes Andreas Havinga for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 27 Jan 2007

    As a record 5,300 events take place across Britain this weekend to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2007, organisers and supporters are warning about complacency over whether “it could happen again”.

  • 27 Jan 2007

    African church leaders at the World Social Forum in Nairobi urged governments to use the surrender of the leader of the Union of Islamic Courts of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, as the basis for a peace initiative for the war torn country - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News Interational.

  • 27 Jan 2007

    The relationship between Christian theology and law is disputed and complex. Jesus railed against the lawyers for not understanding, and Paul contrasted a faith based on grace with one rooted in law. It would take volumes to discuss it, but even the most unbiased observer should see that the law is not an unambiguously good thing in the Christian tradition.

  • 26 Jan 2007

    A Jewish and a Christian leader in the United States have issued a joint statement to media and government calling for civility and honesty in public discourse - following what they describe as "recent political attacks using unattributed sources and based on a [presidential] candidate's childhood."

  • 26 Jan 2007

    Mozambique is "owed an ecological debt by those who constructed and have made profits from the dams of the Zambezi River, that is to say, the Portuguese government and the South African company Eskom," Malawian economist Francis Ng'ambi told participants at a World Council of Churches (WCC) workshop on ecological debt at World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, which ended yesterday.

  • 26 Jan 2007

    Concerns are growing at the level of hardship being experienced across Jordan as a result of the growing number of Iraqi refugees, in what Christian charity World Emergency Relief (WER) is calling a ‘hidden crisis'.

  • 26 Jan 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.

  • 26 Jan 2007

    The Church World Service has expressed its sadness at the apparently targeted killing of noted Iraqi peace and reconciliation advocate and trauma-healing specialist Dr. Alharith Abdulhameed Hassan.

  • 26 Jan 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.

  • 26 Jan 2007

    Nine years ago “probably the most controversial, brilliant, independent-minded and principled politician of his age” died. This was how the Birmingham Post described the devout Anglican Enoch Powell, who believed it would infringe the rights of those he championed to be subjected to anti-discrimination legislation, and spoke out forcefully.