September 25, 2009

Christian radio broadcasts nationwide

by Benjamin Graham

A Christian radio station has made broadcasting history by becoming the first religious station to broadcast nationwide. Premier Christian Radio hit the DAB digital airwaves across the UK on Monday to the acclaim of Christian leaders. Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said: “It’s good to know that [Premier’s] special blend of broadcasting will now […]




September 24, 2009

Church told to drop its M&S image

by Sara Levy

The Church of England must lose its middle class image and open its doors to worshippers of all backgrounds, a church leader said this week. The Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading, said church should be a place “where people can be just as they are”. Christianity is “not a hobby but a way […]




September 23, 2009

Buddhist leader expunges inner violence with video games

by David Masters

A Buddhist leader has endorsed computer games as a way to release feelings of aggression. Trinley Dorje, the Karmapa Lama, said he likes to expunge his inner violence with a session on his PlayStation. “The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling,” Dorje said […]




September 22, 2009

Holocaust fancy-dress party provokes criticism

by Benjamin Graham

University authorities in New Zealand have condemned students who held a holocaust-themed party. Students dressed as Nazi guards and concentration camps inmates at the Oktoberfest party at a Lincoln University halls of residence. Costumes were emblazoned with slogans including “Sieg Hail!” and “Hitler’s my boi”, while one offended student claimed party-goers were “heiling to Hitler […]




September 21, 2009

Cardinal says climate talks must focus on the poor

by David Masters

World leaders must stop “political wrangling” over climate change and set aside national self-interest for the sake of the poorest people in the world, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland said this week. Cardinal Keith O’Brien said politicians meeting this week in New York for UN climate talks have an “unequivocal moral obligation” […]




September 18, 2009

Archbishop urges church to take political stance

by Benjamin Graham

The leader of the Anglican Church in Wales this week urged church members to get more involved in politics. Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan said it is the responsibility of the church to put morality back into the centre of public debate. Speaking at the start of a two-day meeting with the governing body of […]




Teacher splits class into atheists and religious

by Sara Levy

A secondary school teacher has been criticised for splitting her class into athiests and religious believers. The religious studies teacher at North Chadderton School in Oldham told her 11-12 year old students to stand on one side of the classroom if they believed in God, and on the other if they didn’t. She then stood […]




Jedi Knight boycotts Tesco over hood snub

by David Masters

A Jedi Knight has pledged to boycott Tesco after supermarket staff barred him from the store for wearing his Jedi hood. Daniel Jones, 23, said staff in Tesco’s Bangor store “victimised” him for his beliefs. Jones, who founded the International Church of Jedism, said: “It states in our Jedi doctrination that I can wear headwear. […]




September 17, 2009

Nun’s remains to tour England and Wales

by Benjamin Graham

The remains of a 19th century Catholic nun have arrived in the UK for a tour of England and Wales. St Thérèse of Lisieux, who died of tuberculosis aged 24 in 1897, was described by Pope Pius X as “the greatest saint of modern times”. Her relics – a casket containing bones from her thigh […]




Church schools top Welsh performance charts

by Sara Levy

Children who attend church primary schools in Wales perform “consistently above” the Welsh average in maths, English, and science tests. The Church of Wales’s first Educational Review, which used data from the independent Fischer Family Trust, found that church schools “perform strongly” across the country, with school pupils outperforming their peers in secular schools. The […]




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