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  • 29 Jan 2009

    Pope Benedict says he has full solidarity with Jewish people and warns against Holocaust denial, following outrage at his reinstatement of an excommunicated bishop who says there were no gas chambers.

  • 29 Jan 2009

    Barack Obama spoke in his inauguration of "being on the wrong side of history", says Uri Avnery. For the USA and Israel the Gaza tragedy shows what this means. But there is 'another Israel'.

  • 29 Jan 2009

    Despite the terrible start in Gaza and other endemic conflicts, governments committed to shared security are set to reach an historic milestone on nuclear free zones this year, says Jonathan Frerichs

  • 29 Jan 2009

    While the Catholic Church across Ireland is promoting its own schools this week, integrated education campaigners in the North are working to build community schooling that crosses religious and other divides.

  • 29 Jan 2009

    The Accord Coalition, which campaigns for fully inclusive public schooling in the UK, is receiving the backing of MPs through a parliamentary Early Day Motion tabled by Ashok Kumar MP.

  • 29 Jan 2009

    The head of the World Council of Churches has welcomed Metropolitan Kyrill of as the new patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, highlighting his desire for positive global inter-church relations.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    New European proposals for a global deal on climate change do not add up to a just or effective plan, the UK-based international development agency Christian Aid is warning.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to do more to help families with children on low incomes. He was speaking ahead of the launch of a report on children’s wellbeing in Scotland.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    There are many people who are not Christians who revere Jesus, says Martin Marty. But when his name is invoked in the civic arena they hear assertions of majority privilege in the religious realm, where privilege often has taken form in power against others.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    Catholic commentators have joined with Jewish leaders in criticising Pope Benedict XVI for bringing a Holocaust denying bishop back into the Church as part of a bid to heal a rift with a group of separatists.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    The authors of a report on how to deal with the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland have issued a statement explaining their recommendations and warning against hasty judgements about their proposals.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has called for people to "rediscover the depths of real humanity" in a YouTube video discussion to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    The popular notion that the anti-slave trade movement was a white one is being challenged by the honouring of a key black campaigner for abolitionism through a memorial in St Margaret’s Church in Westminster.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    Protesters set fire to their TV licenses in a sit-in at the BBC broadcasting centre in London yesterday evening, as complaints continued about the Corporation's refusal to show a Gaza charity appeal.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    Thousands gather in Brazil for the World Social Forum to address exploitative globalisation. Organizers say the economic crisis shows its message of "another world is possible" is more vital than ever.