April 29, 2008

Women bishops may fracture Anglican communion

by David Masters

A group commissioned by the Anglican General Synod to investigate the possibility of women being ordained as bishops in the Church of England has released its report this week. The group, led by the Bishop of Manchester Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, came up with a number of options. These include imposing legislation that allows women […]

April 28, 2008

Jailed rock star turns to Islam

by David Masters

Rock star Pete Doherty is reported to have turned to Islam to help him through his time in prison. The Babyshambles lead singer was jailed in Wormwood Scrubs for 14 weeks after he violated his probation by taking drugs. He was recently separated from other prisoners and placed in an isolated cell after his life […]

April 27, 2008

New Muslim thinktank condemns violence

by David Masters

A UK-based group of ex-radical Islamists have set up a new Muslim thinktank to bring together Islamic voices opposing violence and extremism. The thinktank – named the Quilliam Foundation after a 19th century British convert to Islam who set up the first UK mosque – was launched yesterday at the British Museum. Its director Maajid […]

Archbishops: pray with us for Zimbabwe

by David Masters

The leaders of the Anglican church, Rowan Williams and John Sentamu, yesterday called for this Sunday to be an international day of prayer for Zimbabwe. In a joint statement, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York called for an immediate arms embargo against the Mugabe regime. They also demanded action from the international community – referring […]

April 20, 2008

Polygamist Sect Case Formidable For Courts

by Rohan Parker

One of the largest child custody cases in the history of the U.S. is about be to be undertaken in Texas, after 416 children where extracted from a ranch owned by a polygamist sect. The ranch in Eldorado is the base for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is an off-shoot […]

April 15, 2008

Rotting Veg Cathedral Promotes Going Green

by Rachael Grant

Thinking about going green? With a slue of companies introducing reusable bags, and charging if you insist on a plastic one, it seems that everywhere you turn people are trying to do their bit to help the environment. A novel creation by Mark Anderson, a sand sculptor, definitely fits the ‘green’ bill – a scale […]

Dalai Lama Speaks Out For Protesters

by Rohan Parker

During a stop over in Tokyo en route to Seattle, the Dalai Lama spoke with reporters about the ongoing turmoil between Tibetans and Chinese rulers. The Dalai Lama said that Tibet has always been in support of China hosting the Olympics, but that he did not believe they or anyone else had any right to […]

April 10, 2008

Pope To Speak On Church Abuse

by Rohan Parker

During the Popes imminent trip to the U.S. later this month, he is to speak on abuse from within the church when he meets with American clergy in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York in an effort to heal some of the wounds caused by the ongoing crisis. In an interview with The Associated Press, […]

Equal-Rights Church Suspends Weddings

by Rachael Grant

Newington Green Unitarian Church in Islington, London, has become the first in Britain to suspend full weddings until current wedding laws have been changed to allow homosexual partners the same religious rights as heterosexual. The 300 year old church, which has a creed stating ‘freedom, reason, and tolerance’, will from now on only perform informal […]

Cloning the Holy Bodhi Tree

by Rohan Parker

Officials at the temple of Bodh Gaya, where the holy Bodhi tree is situated, have taken steps to ensure the sacred tree is not lost due to its failing health, by having the tree cloned. This is the tree which grew from the banyan tree where, 2,500 years ago, Buddha attained enlightenment. To ensure that […]

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