Bartholomeos I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, has joined the Dalai Lama as one of two international religious figures named in the "Time 100" list, the people deemed by Time magazine to be the world's most influential persons.
As the government faces criticism on its anti-poverty policies, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has called for more action to protect the poorest and most vulnerable from the likely consequences of an economic downturn.
The celebration of Easter challenges human beings to accept death without delusion, but it also seeks to challenge our acceptance that death is without hope and the end to all meaning, says the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Church leaders in Britain, including Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, have continued to make private and public appeals for the release of Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahno, who was kidnapped recently in Baghdad.
Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury's headquarters, has rejected claims made in a speech earlier this week by Conservative leader David Cameron, that Dr Rowan Williams was seeking the incorporation of Sharia law in the UK.