Ruth Peacock

Ruth is the leader of the Religion Media Centre project and oversees its work. After studying theology and teaching RE, she trained as a journalist on a local paper, freelanced in print and radio and then joined the BBC, working in many news departments, including the main newsgathering desk. She also worked on the BBC’s move into the new W1 building and studied organisational change.

Written Content

Religion news 11 April 2022

Pope calls for Easter truce in Ukraine; Palm Sunday services mark start of Holy Week; Hillsong mega church “saddened” at public spat with founders; One million limit for the Hajj; The Jewish antecedents of the Grand National winning jockey

Religion news 8 April 2022

Theologians sign declaration against use of Christianity in populism and totalitarianism; Archbishop urges more pressure for a ceasefire in Ukraine; Hardship fund for British Muslims sees 90 per cent rise in applications; Book “What Does a Jew Look Like” challenges media representation

Religion news 7 April 2022

Pope calls out useless international organisations, powerless to stop the war in Ukraine; Prominent European Jewish leader sanctioned due to links with Putin; Bishop Nazir Ali now “Monsignor”; Football matches accommodate breaking of the fast during Ramadan

Religion news 6 April 2022

War crimes commander “blessed by Russian orthodox priest”; Government’s flagship LGBT+ event cancelled over conversion therapy; Tower of London witnesses Itfar harmony instead of torture; UFO and aliens alert in Yorkshire convent garden

Religion news 5 April 2022

Patriarch Kirill preaches of Holy Russia in “dangerous” sermon; World Council of Churches appeals to Russia: stop the bloodshed; Christians join emergency call to take action on climate change; Mayor Sadiq Khan says Ramadan will be enjoyed without lockdown rules

Religion news 4 April 2022

Putin “will have to answer to God” for obscene violence in Ukraine; Landmark churches lit in blue and yellow for Ukraine; New police guidance on last rites for crime victims; At home abortions continue despite right to life protests

Religion news 1 April 2022

The essential gifts of Zakat to build a network of care in a cost of living crisis; Pope’s representative meets Home Secretary to disucss Ukraine refugees; Christians despair at government chaos over conversion therapy ban

Religion news 31 March 2022

Muslim and Orthodox refugees find shelter in Romanian church; Guide to Ramadan 2022 advises caution over Covid; German football league addresses omnipresent problem of antisemitism in sport

Religion news 30 March 2022

Faith groups step into chaos as Ukrainian refugees seek visas for the UK; Tributes to the inner spiritual compass of the Duke of Edinburgh; Didsbury mosque rejects accusation it turned a blind eye to extremism