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  • 26 Jul 2007

    A year ago a call went out to US filmmakers who may not have thought about religious cooperation before to produce short films on the same issues facing those working for Christian unity. It has proved a big hit.

  • 26 Jul 2007

    Peace and church-related organizations are expressing “delight” at the impending closure of Britain’s prime arms exports promotion organization, following an announcement by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

  • 25 Jul 2007

    Gordon Brown has said he will shut down the main government overseas arms sales office – at least in its present form. Peace campaigners want this to signal a more basic shift away from the promotion of military exports.

  • 25 Jul 2007

    The way tens of thousands of ordinary people have banded together to fight rising floodwaters and help the poor, elderly and ill has revealed God's love, not his wrath, says a Christian leader from Tewkesbury.

  • 25 Jul 2007

    The National Council of Churches in Korea has said that all "missionary activity in Afghanistan, where abductions and dangers to life continue, must be stopped," says the Japanese online edition of JoongAng Daily.

  • 25 Jul 2007

    Evangelicals have enjoyed a major influence on the Bush administration, but John Dear points out that this does not mean they have a basic commitment to Jesus' way of peace.

  • 25 Jul 2007

    Apocalypto is a sequel to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, reckons Giles Fraser. And he is less than impressed with its message about religion and violence.

  • 24 Jul 2007

    Backers of Lydia Playfoot, the schoolgirl who unsuccessfully asked the High Court to be allowed to wear a silver ‘chastity ring’ to a school where it broke the uniform policy, have still not decided whether to go to the European Court.

  • 24 Jul 2007

    Church of England bishops in the House of Lords have joined other penal reformers in highlighting the conditions of Britain’s child prisons in a debate following the coroner’s report into the death of a 15-year-old boy.

  • 24 Jul 2007

    To mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the National Council of Churches USA's Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast is sponsoring an Ecumenical Work Week in late August.

  • 24 Jul 2007

    South Africa's former minister of police in the last apartheid era government, Adriaan Vlok, and the police chief under his watch, Johann van der Merwe, are to be charged with attempted murder of a church leader.

  • 23 Jul 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has received an award from UK parliamentarians for his work in helping to promote ecologically friendly causes - including a Church of England carbon-cutting campaign.

  • 23 Jul 2007

    The Vatican City State governate has opened a new internet portal, to meet the needs of the ever-increasing numbers of pilgrims and tourists, and to increase its public relations capacities.

  • 23 Jul 2007

    Malaysian Christians have expressed fresh worries that the government may be infringing the basics of religious freedom, after the country's deputy prime minister described Malaysia as "an Islamic state"

  • 21 Jul 2007

    At the root of death-dealing religion and ideology is fear, says Simon Barrow. The biggest challenge we face today is how to challenge cultures of death from within, replacing the logic of the sword with an invitation to life.