christmas

  • 25 Dec 2010

    Soothing 'Christmas messages' have become practically unavoidable, says Simon Barrow. But most of them are bland beyond belief. In truth the birth of Christ confronts us with something much more demanding - a choice between two ways of living in a world dominated by empire.

  • 25 Dec 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI prayed for peace and an end to oppression in the world as he delivered his traditional Christmas Eve homily in Rome.

  • 25 Dec 2010

    In Iraq Christians have been forced to curtail festivities that celebrate the birth of Jesus more than 2000 years ago, one of Christianity's most important feasts.

  • 25 Dec 2010

    Hong Kong Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops have called for social justice in their Christmas messages, praising human rights defenders in China as 'shining stars'.

  • 25 Dec 2010

    The Methodist President has called on people to make Christmas "a generous and safe space to all for whom [it] is full of painful memories, grief and hardship."

  • 24 Dec 2010

    In his Christmas letter to the heads of other churches, the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged support for Christians and others facing hardship or persecution.

  • 24 Dec 2010

    Some people seem to have got the idea that Ekklesia objects to the BBC broadcasting a Christmas message from the Pope. We don't. We simply think that the BBC ban on non-religious and some minority religious people sharing their reflections in the same 'Thought for the Day' slot should be ended. Giving an immensely powerful individual (and head of state) access to airwaves denied to those he attacked when he was last in Britain also raises wider questions which should not be ducked.

  • 23 Dec 2010

    It is good to enjoy the carol services, nativity plays, mince pies and mulled wine, says Jill Segger. But let us not ever mistake them for anything more than a nudge towards the truth.

  • 21 Dec 2010

    Despite political conflict, Bethlehem remains the centre of Christian spirituality, especially at Christmas, says the Palestinian tourism minister.

  • 20 Dec 2010

    Quakers don't really 'do' Christmas. Partly in order to offer a sign of contradiction to the consumerism and commercialism of the season which is in conflict with our Testimony of simplicity; partly because we believe that all of life and all its days and times are sacramental; partly because there is such a wide range of views in the Society of Friends as to the nature of the man Jesus.