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Pope calls on China's new leaders to respect religions

Pope Benedict XVI called on China’s new leaders to “esteem the contributions of the religions” during his traditional Christmas message.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Between the lines: Keeping the faiths

In the summer, I bought my elder daughter a chic pair of silver gladiator-styled sandals. When I showed them to her, she exclaimed, "Oh I looove them!" As visions of a budding fashionista danced in my head, she said, "I love them because Jesus has sandals just like these!"

31 Dec 2012 - 5:52pm

Good news for those of us of little faith

Just in time for Christmas, there was an uplifting story this week from an old acquaintance bravely hanging on in Zimbabwe, who wrote of a "cleansing ceremony" that was held in Harare's main cathedral on Sunday.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:09am

First Blue Christmas Service at St John's Cathedral

St John's Cathedral is to hold its first Blue Christmas Service this evening for those mourning a loss this festive season.

The cathedral's dean said Christmas could be an emotional time for people who are missing someone.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am

Christians could be a minority in England and Wales by 2018

Christians could be in a minority in England and Wales by 2018, according to analysis of the latest census results, which have revealed a fall of more than four million in the number of people who describe themselves as adhering to the faith.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:05am

Church of England votes against women bishops

The Church of England has "undoubtedly" lost credibility, its leader said yesterday, after the mother church of millions of Anglicans worldwide narrowly rejected the appointment of women bishops.

The outcome of the vote, which followed years of wrangling between traditionalists and liberals, triggered turmoil and set back efforts to modernise the church.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Church of England lost credibility on women bishops

The Church of England has “undoubtedly” lost credibility after voting to reject the appointment of women bishops, its leader the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Wednesday.

Rowan Williams accused elements inside the church of being “wilfully blind” to the priorities of wider society after its governing body, the General Synod, voted against the move by a razor-thin margin.

21 Nov 2012 - 9:36pm 3 comments

Church of England rejects legislation on women bishops

The Church of England voted on Tuesday against allowing women bishops after it failed to win the support of enough lay members for the reform, leaving the Church facing more internal strife over an issue that has divided it for years.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Atheists' move ends Christmas tradition in Santa Monica, prompts churches to sue

Californian Damon Vix did not have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.

The American atheist's anti-God messages beside more traditional life-sized nativity displays in a park overlooking the beach over the past three years ignited a furious debate.

20 Nov 2012 - 5:12am

Abortion in Ireland returned to spotlight by death

About 10,000 people marched through Dublin and observed a minute's silence in memory of an Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am