(ENInews)--The British government on March 15 launched a 12-week
consultation in England and Wales that is widely expected to lead to the
legalization of same-sex marriage, despite strong opposition from the Roman
Catholic Church and conservative elements within the Church of England.
Edinburgh, Scotland, December 9 (ENInews)--Although a recent survey showed 62 percent of Scots favor gay marriage, the country's main religious denominations overwhelmingly disapprove of it--though many observers think religious voices are less influential than they used to be.
November 10 (ENInews)--Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced on 10 November that an extremist Islamist group called Muslims Against Crusades will be banned, starting at midnight (GMT). The parliamentary order, handed down in London, will make membership in the group a criminal offense.
London, October 20 (ENInews)--Feeling the stress of a growing camp of anti-corporate protesters on its doorsteps, London's iconic St. Paul's Cathedral on 20 October closed several entrances and said it is reviewing "the extent to which it can remain open."
Canterbury, England, August 30 (ENInews)--Rowan Williams, the Archbishop
of Canterbury, is planning to visit Zimbabwe in October as part of a wider
trip to Africa and hopes to meet with President Robert Mugabe to discuss a
brutal dispute over church properties.
Canterbury, England August 18 (ENInews)--More than 20,000 mourners, most
of them British-born Muslims, gathered in Birmingham, England on 18 August
for the funeral of three young men mown down by a car while defending their
community and homes from rioters and looters last week.
London, July 7 (ENInews)--With the United Nations warning that the Horn of Africa and other parts of Africa are facing their worst drought in sixty years, Christian Aid and several other relief agencies have called on their supporters to help, despite global economic uncertainty.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Nearly a millennium ago, four unruly knights
crossed the English Channel from France and confronted the archbishop of
Canterbury, Thomas Becket, over his feud with King Henry II.
Canterbury, England, May 10
(ENInews)--Gay people in big cities have a wide range of social or counseling
options, but in the countryside, isolation is often the norm, according to
chaplain Keith Ineson, whose helpline for gay farm workers is receiving
Five days after one of Britain's great churches, London's Westminster
Abbey, was seen on television by millions as the site of a royal
wedding, the Church of England released statistics showing that weekly
attendance at its 43 cathedrals rose by 7 percent in 2010.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) When Prince William and Kate Middleton walk
down the aisle at Westminster Abbey on Friday (April 29), Britain's
unique and historic ties between church and state will be on full
Some here think -- even hope -- it could also be the last powerful
stroll for church and state in this increasingly secular country.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS/ENInews) A self-effacing multimillionaire has
become a local hero after buying a series of 17th-century religious
paintings and then donating them back to the Church of England in a bid
to help boost art tourism.
Canterbury, England, April 1 (ENInews)--A self-effacing multi-millionaire, Jonathan Ruffer, 59, has become a cultural icon here after buying a series of 17th century religious paintings from the Anglican church for 15 million pounds and then giving them back so they can remain on public display and potentially boost art tourism in parts of the rundown northeast of England.
LONDON (RNS/ENInews) More than 900 Anglicans formally expressed a desire
to convert to Catholicism at special services held at Westminster
Cathedral -- including the first Anglicans to join a new branch of the
Cambridge, England, March 9 (ENInews)--The sudden spread of "democratic liberation" in the Middle East means that a discussion needs to begin on whether secularism has a future in Middle East democracies, said historian Simon Schama in an 8 March lecture at Cambridge University.
London, February 10 (ENInews)--Indonesia has been urged to repeal its blasphemy laws and provide greater protection to religious minorities – including Christians and the Muslim Ahmadiyya sect - in order to safeguard its reputation as one of the world’s most progressive and tolerant Muslim-majority countries.
Canterbury, England, January 25 (ENInews)--After the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews during World War II, the world cried out "never again." But one of Britain’s best-known young rabbis, Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue in Kent, said that although it was a wonderful phrase, "never again" has proved tragically wrong.
Canterbury, England, January 19 (ENInews)--The re-election of Christina Rees, a strong supporter of women's ministries, to the Church of England's Archbishops' Council is a sign that the church's mainstream wants to move forward on the ordination of women as bishops, observers said.
London, January 14 (ENInews)--Three former Anglican bishops are to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests on Saturday, 15 January at Westminster Cathedral – the first bishops to join Rome under a new structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI for dissident Anglicans.