November 30, 2009

Pope: Child refugees face ‘serious hardships’

by David Masters

Children forced to flee their homeland to seek asylum in another country often face “serious hardships and difficulties”, the Pope said this week. The number of child refugees is on the increase, and rich countries around the world need to do more to respond to the needs of this vulnerable group, the Pontiff said. “Although […]




November 27, 2009

Did Jesus visit England?

by David Masters

Jesus Christ may have “walked upon England’s pastures green”, according to a Scottish academic. Church of Scotland minister Dr Gordon Strachan makes the claim that Jesus might have visited Britain in a new film, ‘And Did Those Feet’. The film examines the idea that Jesus might have visited the southern English town of Glastonbury with […]




Church study guide confronts violence against women

by David Masters

A study guide to help church congregations confront violence against women will be released during Lent next year. The World Council of Churches (WCC) announced the Lenten study guide this week to coincide with the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women on 25 November. Resources in the study guide will include films […]




November 25, 2009

Trouser protest woman escapes Sudan to promote book

by David Masters

A Sudanese woman who was jailed for wearing trousers has defied a travel ban to promote a new book telling her story. Journalist Lubna Hussein was sentenced to 40 lashes under Sudanese indecency laws for wearing trousers. After refusing a government offer to drop the sentence if she agreed not to wear trousers again, Hussein […]




Atheist poster children are Evangelical Christians

by Benjamin Graham

Two smiling children featured on an atheist billboard are from an Evangelical Christian family, it has emerged. The images of children used by the British Humanist Association (BHA) for their “Please don’t label me” advertising campaign were bought from a stock photo library, and the BHA had no way of finding out the background of […]




November 24, 2009

Muslim Hajj pilgrims killed by swine flu

by Sara Levy

Four Muslim pilgrims have already died from swine flu on this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which officially starts on 25 November. Three of the victims, from Sudan, India, and Morocco, were on their seventies. The other was a teenage girl from Nigeria. Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry said all four victims had underlying health problems […]




November 23, 2009

US faith leaders demand Obama rethinks Afghanistan

by David Masters

Over 20 religious leaders and activists in the United States have written to President Barack Obama calling on him to rethink the country’s military strategy in Afghanistan. The ongoing campaign in Afghanistan should be based on Obama’s own mantra of “build and not destroy” rather than a display of military might, the faith leaders said […]




November 20, 2009

Professional thieves swipe church silverware

by Benjamin Graham

Thieves have stolen a collection of local historic silverware from a Norfolk church. The silverware, dating back almost 500 years, was taken from the safe at All Saint’s Church in Chedgrave. In what appeared to be a professional swipe, thieves ripped the back off the safe to access the silverware. Local people said they are […]




Intel offers Sabbath peace-deal to appease protesters

by Sara Levy

In an attempt to appease the wrath of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, Intel has pledged to only employ non-Jewish workers on the Sabbath at its offices in the city. The proposal was made following a protest by nearly 2,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews outside Intel’s Jerusalem plant on Saturday. Demonstrators broke into the synagogue at the plant […]




November 19, 2009

Meditation reduces heart attack risk

by Benjamin Graham

People with heart disease who practice meditation significantly reduce their risk of having a heart attack, new research has discovered. Heart disease patients who practised Transcendental Meditation were 47% less likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke, the study found. The nine-year study of 201 African-Americans was conducted by the Medical College of […]




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