The Church of Scotland has praised the decision by the Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill, which means the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, has been released from prison on compassionate grounds.

But there are deep frustrations that the end of al-Megrahi's appeal and

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Protestant Christians are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jean Calvin, the French-born church reformer who inspired a movement that now has tens of millions of adherents worldwide.

Calvin was born on 10th July, 1509, at Noyon in northern France, and is known

The United States' and Russia’s preliminary agreement to cut their nations’ stockpiles of nuclear arms has been hailed as a “step forward on the difficult but essential journey that the world must take to free itself from the spectre of self-destruction”, by the World Council

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Former US President Jimmy Carter has told Christian leaders in Jerusalem he sees "new hope" for the peace process in the Middle East. 

"His analysis is that there is a new hope for the peace process given the new US administration's determination to press seriously


Resisting pressure from both Israeli hard-liners and those antagonistic to the Israeli state, the visiting Pope Benedict XVI has come out in support of a genuine Palestinian homeland and has condemned equally both anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics has used


As he heads to what could be a sea of controversy in Israel-Palestine, Pope Benedict XVI's Middle East trip has been marked by a strong message of reconciliation and affirmation of hard-pressed historic Christian communities in the region.

In particular, he has addressed 40,000 Catholics in Jordan -

Members of the church-backed Ecumenical Water Network are urging that water be affirmed as a "basic human right" by government delegations meeting in Istanbul at the World Water Forum. 

"The right to water and sanitation is firmly grounded in international human rights law," said a statement signed by EWN members

The Australian Government’s decision to overturn a ban on using foreign aid for abortion funding has sparked a sharp response from some Christian organisations.

The Australian Christian Lobby, which had pressed the government not to overturn the ban, said Christians were dismayed at the decision.

Managing director Jim Wallace says

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Olympian of the Century, Carl Lewis, presented an Australian couple, Mark and Delma Tronson, an international award at a glittering event held the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott ballroom on 16th February.

The Lay Witnesses for Christ award was for their services over 27 years to

It started early this year when buses started appearing in London with advertisements plastered on the side telling people ‘There’s probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life'.

Welcomed by some Christians and condemned by others, the controversial campaign was sparked when comedy writer Ariane Sherine - reportedly

Australia should not be blindly following the lead of the US and allow aid dollars to be used to fund abortions, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

Overturning the Bush administration’s ban on the use of US foreign aid to promote abortion as a family planning option - known as

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Mitsuo Fuchida led the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941, an event that catapulted the United States into the Second World War. After the war, Fuchida turned to Christianity and became an evangelist. Fuchida's maternal grandmother was


A front-line worker tackling poverty in Peru has talked of his ‘sadness’ at the modest progress made in the past week at climate change talks in Brussels and Poznan, warning that without stronger action from the West ‘millions of poor people will be abandoned to the escalating


Senator Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States of America, the first African-American to hold the post. Celebrations have begun in the USA and across the world for what is seen as a moment of historic change.

The victory became clear at 11pm US

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A year of events to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestant reformer Jean Calvin is being launched in Geneva, a cradle of the Protestant Reformation. 

"I hope the legacies of Jean Calvin will be a source of

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