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  • 21 Feb 2007

    For the past 48 hours the websites, newsgroups and email lists of Anglicans across the world have been abuzz with analysis, argument and counter-argument concerning the outcome of the Anglican Primates (heads of provinces) meeting in Tanzania, which ended earlier this week.

  • 20 Feb 2007

    Anglican Primates (chief presiding bishops, archbishops and moderators) were last evening (19 February 2007) emerging from intense discussions at their meeting in Tanzania, as commentators across the world waited for a twice-delayed communiqu?© from the gathering concerning moves to secure the future of the 78-million strong Communion. The communiqu?© was finally issued at 22.30 GMT.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    St Francis of Assisi's prayer, 'Make me a channel of your peace', was the theme for a celebration of common commitment to overcome violence at a gathering of Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant church representatives on 17 February 2007 in Wittenberg, Germany.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    The UK's real impact on global warming has been massively underestimated, according to new research revealing that millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases produced by some of the UK's top companies are not being declared.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    A community organisation supported by church and other partners has been forced to close its offices in Mbare, Zimbabwe, after being threatened by ruling party militia.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    Loving enemies is central to the way of Jesus, and Christian non-violence is not a tactical choice, it is a "a personal way of being" based on God's alternative strength ‚Ä' that was the message of Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Rome on Sunday 18 February 2007.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    A slave market whipping post once stood where the high altar now rises inside Zanzibar's 127-year-old Christ Church Cathedral. Here the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, began the Eucharist on 18 February 2007 with prayers asking "forgiveness for the past, mercy for the present, and humility for the future" - writes Bob Williams for Episcopal News Service USA.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    German President Horst Kohler has called on Christian churches to redouble efforts to promote unity, warning they risk squandering their opportunities by letting differences and disputes drown out the message of their faith - writes Stephen Brown for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 18 Feb 2007

    The heads of five American Christian denominations have sent a joint letter to all members of the new Democrat-majority US Congress, calling for a compassionate and just federal budget in 2008.

  • 18 Feb 2007

    Seven 'Global South' archbishops refused to receive Holy Communion with their fellow Primates on 16 February 2007, at thir Tanzania gathering. They alleged that they were "unable to come to the Holy Table with the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church [USA] because to do so would be a violation of Scriptural teaching and the traditional Anglican understanding" - writes Matthew Davies for Episcopal News Service

  • 18 Feb 2007

    Israeli soldiers demolished homes in three Palestinian villages near bypass road 317 on 14 February, reports Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) from Al Tuwani.

  • 17 Feb 2007

    Threats, intimidation, assassinations and massacres have forced about 3.5 million Colombians to flee their homes and relocate to other areas in the country - writes Gladys Terichow of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the North American peace church relief and development organisation.

  • 16 Feb 2007

    Flooding in Mozambique has forced tens of thousands from their homes along the Zambezi river valley, following weeks of heavy rain, report development agencies and church networks.

  • 16 Feb 2007

    After a visit to Sudan which included discussions with political and religious leaders in Khartoum and Juba, an African interfaith delegation has called on the international community to honour its political and financial pledges to sustain Sudan's peace process.

  • 16 Feb 2007

    Constructive engagement to deal with threats like nuclear proliferation is better than aggression ‚Ä' that is the message of the head of a global association of Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and indigenous churches concerning developments involving North Korea.