Pope uses Christmas Day address to call for peace and an end to conflicts in the Middle East Pontiff condemned killing of 'defenceless' civilians in Syria Urged Israel and Palestine to find courage to negotiate Raised concern about plight of Christians in communist China | UPDATED: 17:52 GMT, 25 December 2012 Pope Benedict XVI used his Christmas Day address to call for an end to bloody conflicts in Syria and Palestine and for there to be peace in the middle East. Appearing from the balcony of the Vatican, he spoke to thousands of pilgrims, tourists and locals who gathered in St Peter's square.
Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams | UPDATED: 00:18 GMT, 12 December 2012 In one extraordinary statistic after another, the results of the 2011 census spell out the most dramatic demographic upheaval in our country’s history. Some 7.5million foreign-born residents in England and Wales, most arriving in the last ten years… four million fewer Christians, with the number of Muslims almost doubling to 2.7million… Fewer than half London’s 8.2million residents describing themselves as white British… overall numbers up by 3.7million, the biggest surge in two centuries… The number of people living in England and Wales who were born overseas has risen by nearly three million to 7.5m Indeed, the make-up of many of our communities has been transformed, permanently and beyond recognition, since Labour threw open our borders at the beginning of the new millennium. This paper takes pride in Britain’s long tradition of offering a haven to settlers from overseas
Devout Christian murdered by Muslim ex-boyfriend after row over converting their daughter to IslamEsther Arogundade was stabbed 13 times by Shola Adebiyi at her Salford, Greater Manchester, homeAdebiyi tried to kill himself by drinking oven cleaner after killing his former partnerHe phoned his victim's new lover to say he would never see her again and then confessed the killing to a friendKitchen porter Adebiyi has been jailed for a minimum of 20-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court | UPDATED: 19:43 GMT, 11 December 2012 A Muslim man was jailed for life today for stabbing his devout Christian ex-girlfriend 13 times after they split following bitter rows about him wanting their young daughter to convert to Islam.
Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer Christians and one in four is now an atheist Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheismNumber of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the population | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 11 December 2012 Christianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four million
Facebook under fire from privacy campaigners as more than a BILLION users are encouraged to vote on privacy changes 30% of users – more than 300 million users – must vote to have effectMost of those who have voted are against the changesFacebook insists that changes are 'housekeeping' | UPDATED: 15:28 GMT, 5 December 2012 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg: his website now has more than a billion users, who are being asked to vote on a series of changes that the internet giant insists are 'housekeeping' ahead of new product launches Facebook's one billion users are voting on changes to the internet giant's policy.