Christianity

Leaders support PM over Christian views

By Simon Rocker and Charlotte Oliver, April 24, 2014

Jews have little problem with Prime Minister David Cameron defining Britain as a Christian country despite an outcry from some secularists.

In a pre-Easter article, Mr Cameron said that Britain should be more confident about its Christian status and that its religious character made it easier for Jews and Muslims to live here than in a secular society.

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London meeting of Muslim and Jewish leaders hailed as 'really special'

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2014

An Iraqi-Muslim academic today described a meeting of religious leaders from Israel, Iran and Iraq as “a really special event”.

The religious leaders flew to the UK in a groundbreaking bid to forge ties and resolve the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

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Pro-Zionist Christians meet at ‘security wall’ church

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

A Christian group has hit back at the London church which erected a controversial replica of the Israeli security wall in its grounds.

Organisers of the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival at St James’s Church in Piccadilly said the wall had been built to highlight Israeli treatment of Palestinian Christians.

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Jesus the Palestinian, a political messiah

By Natan Levy, February 1, 2014

After the £30,000 replica wall of Bethlehem came down in the courtyard of St James’s Church Piccadilly, just before the Quakers sent their 12th year of Ecumenical Accompaniers into Palestinian villages at a cost of over £5,000 per observer, and right around the time that the Methodist Church engaged a cadre of its leading ministers and its top staffer on poverty and justice, for months of con

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Pope Francis to travel to Israel in May

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2014

The Pope is to travel to Israel in May for his first visit since becoming Pontiff.

Francis I announced his plans during his Sunday address to thousands of Catholics gathered in St Peter's Square.

Further details announced by the Vatican revealed that the trip to the Holy Land would be the Pope's first overseas tour of the year.

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Christians at risk, says Chief Rabbi Mirvis and Prince Charles

By Daniel Easterman, December 19, 2013

The chief rabbi has joined Prince Charles in voicing grave concern over the persecution of Christian communities Middle East countries.

The Prince told a gathering of religious leaders in London this week that the situation had reached “crisis point”.

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To tree or not to tree? That is the question

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

Doing anything special on December 25? Christmas is a polarising time for UK Jews. Some enter enthusiastically into a secular celebration, sitting down with family and friends to a (kosher) turkey dinner, handing out presents and pulling crackers. Others get into the spirit of the season of goodwill by volunteering at a variety of charities.

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Actions of Co-op Methodist are back to haunt the bank

By Alex Brummer, December 16, 2013

The melt-down at the Co-operative Bank should not have come as a huge surprise to JC readers.

But serious allegations against the bank’s former chairman, Reverend Paul Flowers, have come as a shock.

His alleged drug-use has disgraced the Co-op Bank and led to his suspension from the Methodist Church and the Labour Party, where until recently he was a respected councillor.

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Sectarian violence has become a global crisis, Baroness Warsi warns

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2013

Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi has called on people of all religions to do more to tackle hatred and end persecution.

Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington DC, she said sectarianism was becoming the leading reason for conflict in the world, with “faith forming the fault lines” under a “global crisis”.

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Blood-libel opera opens in Budapest

By Valentina Jovanovski, October 11, 2013

A blood libel in which Jews were falsely accused of killing a young Christian girl and using her blood in a religious ritual in 19th century Hungary is the basis for a new opera opening this weekend in Budapest.

The Red Heifer is based on a true story set in the Hungarian village of Tiszaeszlár, where 14-year-old Eszter Solymosi disappeared in 1882.

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