April 30, 2010

Protect Iraqi Christians, church leaders urge

by Sara Levy

Church leaders in the US have written to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urging her to work with authorities in Iraq to protect Christians and other persecuted minorities in the war torn country. The letter from the National Council of Churches USA (NCCUSA), addressed to Clinton and US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, expressed concern […]




April 29, 2010

Obama launches US-Muslim business exchange programme

by Benjamin Graham

US President Barack Obama has announced a series of business and educational exchanges between the US and the Muslim world. The plans, unveiled by Obama to Muslim entrepreneurs from 50 countries at a summit in Washington, are part of an effort to improve relations between America and Muslim countries. “Real change comes from the bottom […]




April 28, 2010

Gambling firm sponsors confession box

by David Masters

A Catholic church in the racing town of Newmarket has had its confession box emblazoned with the logo of Paddy Power, the Irish bookmakers. Paddy Power paid £10,000 to have its name on the box in Our Lady & St Etheldreda church after it was approached by the priest for a sponsorship deal. Jockey Frankie […]




We’ve found Noah’s Ark, claim Christian explorers

by Sara Levy

Christian explorers claim to have discovered the remains of Noah’s Ark on a Turkish mountain. The Turkish and Chinese team of fundamentalist Christians found seven large wooden compartments on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. They say that carbon testing on the wood and rope shows that they are 4,800 years old, so their discovery fits […]




April 27, 2010

Catholic immigrants celebrate special mass

by Benjamin Graham

Over 2,000 Catholic immigrants are expected to attend a special Mass for Migrants in London next week. The mass, to be celebrated at Westminster Cathedral on 3 May, marks the anniversary of a Catholic-led campaign for immigrant amnesty, Strangers into Citizens. The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, […]




April 26, 2010

St George rides through London

by Sara Levy

A knight in shining armour rode on horseback through London on Friday to mark St George’s Day. The faux St George, dressed in traditional attire from the Armourers’ Hall, led a pageant through the capital city, reviving a century’s old tradition that died out in 1585. The decision to hold the parade again after 425 […]




April 23, 2010

South Park creators face Islamist death threat

by Benjamin Graham

The creators of TV show South Park have been warned they could be murdered for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit in the cartoon’s 200th episode. An article on the website of US-based Islamist group Revolution Islam told Matt Stone and Trey Parker that they “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh […]




April 22, 2010

Israeli military order further blocks peace process

by Benjamin Graham

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed dismay at a new Israeli military order re-defining what it means to be an “infiltrator” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, said the new measures could be “a severe obstacle toward the process for a just peace.” The new definition […]




Christians gather for seaside Bible classes

by Sara Levy

Over 1,000 Christians are expected to descend on the seaside town of Eastbourne this weekend for the Bible by the Beach 2010 conference. The event, aimed at Christians of all ages, includes lively worship, Bible teaching, and youth and children’s programmes. The theme of this year’s conference is “Glory in the Cross”, and speakers will […]




April 21, 2010

Gypsies and Travellers suffer poverty, racism, and discrimination

by Sara Levy

A Catholic anti-racism group has criticised Labour and the Conservatives for failing to address discrimination against Gypsy and Traveller Communities in their election manifestos. The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) said these communities suffer prejudice, discrimination, disadvantage, and lack of suitable accommodation. Gypsies and Travellers face “severe wide-ranging and mutually reinforcing inequalities and problems, […]




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