christmas

  • 20 Jan 2013

    In a few days' time, we will learn the name of the new Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem. Four or five names have been see-sawing in the consciousness of those following these developments for many long weeks already. But the haze of speculation will finally be removed with the elections and actual votes of the members of the St James Brotherhood (36 in all).

  • 30 Dec 2012

    The Chancellor has received a copy of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol from Christians who say he risks returning Britain to Victorian times.

  • 27 Dec 2012

    Though the job he has in hand is widely regarded as impossible, the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, Justin Welby, has done more than enough already to suggest that he has the capacity to nudge the Church of England through the decidedly choppy waters of change.

  • 27 Dec 2012

    How does God communicate with us when words are not adequate? How can we even try to talk of God when literal language so lets us down? Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference, says that the whole point of the Christmas story is to show us that the God of Jesus Christ is disclosed in humanity, vulnerability and personalness, rather than abstract theory or proposition. Like love, this calls for a personal and social response within the life of the world.

  • 27 Dec 2012

    Feeding the hungry and housing the homeless are the appropriate responses to the vulnerable birth of Jesus, says the Anglican Archbishop of York.

  • 25 Dec 2012

    Jesus can be strange and threatening to our inhumanity, but a source of hope for the wider world, says the Archbishop of Canterbury in his final Christmas Day sermon.

  • 25 Dec 2012

    Pope Benedict's traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas address from St Peter's Rome wished peace and justice for Syria and other troubled parts of the globe.

  • 24 Dec 2012

    We are so close to the joy of Christmas. My thoughts and prayers are therefore with countless friends, Christian and otherwise, across the Middle East and North Africa region.

  • 24 Dec 2012

    The Christmas letter to the heads of other churches from the Archbishop of Canterbury has made a point of remembering the plight of displaced persons globally.

  • 24 Dec 2012

    While Christians should indeed examine social and cultural changes critically, the fearfulness of the Pope about shifting attitudes to gender and sexual orientation seems excessive, says Savitri Hensman. Christmas should be a time of celebration in response to God’s generous love, through which barriers are broken down and humanity’s potential fulfilled.