March 18, 2010

Church leaders eat curry to fight racism

by David Masters

Church leaders in Australia are eating curry for dinner as part of a campaign against racism in the country. The “Vindaloo against Violence” campaign, launched last month, aims to highlight and condemn the rising number of racist attacks against Indian students living in Australia. “The increasing violence on our streets is worrying,” said Rev Alistair […]




March 17, 2010

Pope’s visit to Britain confirmed

by Sara Levy

Pope Benedict XVI will tour Britain for four days in September in the first ever papal state visit to the UK. The Pope is coming to Britain at the invitation of the Queen, Buckingham Palace confirmed this week. During the visit, Benedict XVI will meet her majesty, address the Houses of Parliament, and speak to […]




March 15, 2010

Bishops urged to step down from House of Lords

by David Masters

Seven in ten Christians believe it is wrong that some Church of England bishops are given automatic seats in the House of Lords, new research has discovered. The poll, conducted by ICM on behalf of Power2010, also found that two thirds (65%) of Brits believe that anyone who sits in the House of Lords should […]




Cardinal Brady denies responsibility for abuse cover-up

by Benjamin Graham

Cardinal Sean Brady has rejected calls for his resignation over his role in the cover-up of crimes by paedophile priest Father Brendan Smyth. Cardinal Brady, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, said he had attended meetings with two of Smyth’s victims in 1975 in which they were asked to sign a vow of […]




March 12, 2010

Faithless gather to celebrate atheism

by David Masters

Over 2,000 atheists from around the world gathered in Melbourne, Australia this week to celebrate their lack of religious faith. The Global Atheist Convention is believed to be the largest ever gathering of atheist thinkers. All 2,500 tickets for the event sold out earlier this year. Speakers at the conference include British atheist and best-selling […]




March 11, 2010

Ecumenical and Evangelical leaders urge Christian unity

by Benjamin Graham

Christians of all backgrounds should work together for Christian unity, leaders of global Ecumenical and Evangelical groups claimed this week. The two leaders, Geoff Tunnicliffe, director of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), and Olav Fykse Tveit, head of the World Council of Churches (WCC), made the statement after meeting together at an Ecumenical Centre in […]




March 10, 2010

Christian registrar’s appeal denied

by Sara Levy

A Christian registrar who was disciplined after refusing to conduct same-sex civil partnerships has said she might appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after her case was rejected by the Supreme Court. Lillian Ladele claims Islington Council discriminated against her when they disciplined her for refusing to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies. Ladele […]




Using the iPhone to contact God

by David Masters

Christian iPhone users can now count off their prayers using digital rosary beads on a specially devised iPhone application. The Prayer Beads App was launched this week by Premier Christian Media in time for Easter. The app, which costs £1.79 from Apple’s app store, was inspired by encouragement from Pope Benedict XVI. “Pope Benedict XVI […]




March 8, 2010

Churches campaign to make nuclear bombs illegal

by Sara Levy

Nuclear weapons do not make the world a safer place to live, an alliance of nine British churches has claimed. The churches – including the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Church in Wales, the Methodist Church, and the Baptist Union of Great Britain – are calling on governments around the world to […]




March 5, 2010

Fatwa condemns terrorists to hell

by Benjamin Graham

An Islamic scholar from Pakistan has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, that condemns suicide bombers to hell. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri said terrorism is forbidden by the Qur’an, and suicide bombers will not be rewarded by 72 virgins in heaven, as terrorist recruiters often claim. Ul-Qadri’s 600-page fatwa was praised as “arguably the most comprehensive […]




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