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  • 17 Dec 2006

    Christianity in Iraq is staring oblivion in the face, declares a commentary in the Methodist Recorder newspaper in the UK - which focuses on the concerns of Iraqis surveying the current devastating situation in their country from the outside.

  • 17 Dec 2006

    While a devastating armed conflict continues in western Sudan's Darfur region, the people of southern Sudan are beginning to recover from a 21-year civil war, according to Rob Haarsager, a country representative of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the internationally respected North American peace church aid and development agency.

  • 17 Dec 2006

    The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has expressed concern at reports of harassment of aid workers in Sudan's western Darfur region and has criticised the Khartoum government for "failing to provide humanitarian agencies with the support it has agreed upon" - writes Peter Kenny for Ecumenical News International.

  • 16 Dec 2006

    Baha'is denied official recognition in Egypt

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    Baha'is denied official recognition in Egypt

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    In a case that has become the

  • 16 Dec 2006

    Lutherans focus global Christian concerns about the Darfur crisis

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    Lutherans focus global Christian concerns about the Darfur crisis

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  • 16 Dec 2006

    US faith leaders seek Rice meeting over Middle East peace quest

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    US faith leaders seek Rice meeting over Middle East peace quest

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  • 16 Dec 2006

    Tanzanian church deepens Anglican row over sexuality

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    Tanzanian church deepens Anglican row over sexuality

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  • 16 Dec 2006

    Vatican refuses to endorse UN charter of disability rights

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    Vatican refuses to endorse UN charter of disability rights

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  • 16 Dec 2006

    In a move which is being interpreted by some as part of a conscious effort to pre-empt decisions about a global Anglican covenant promoted by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, the Anglican Church in Tanzania has said it will no longer knowingly accept money from dioceses, parishes, bishops, and individuals that "condone homosexual practice or bless same-sex unions", a statement from its House of Bishops has declared.

  • 16 Dec 2006

    The Vatican has indicated that, at present, it will not be signing a new, widely-heralded international treaty to protect the rights and dignity of people living with disabilities.

  • 16 Dec 2006

    In a case that has become the focus of a national debate on religious freedom, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court has ruled against the right of Baha'is to be properly identified on government documents.

  • 16 Dec 2006

    The new Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, is numbered among 34 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders who have written to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking for a meeting with her to discuss the "urgent situation in the Middle East".

  • 16 Dec 2006

    With the urgent necessity for peace in Israel and Palestine at the top of the global agenda, a World Council of Churches meeting has begun work on setting up an international forum to galvanize world-wide church advocacy for the Middle East.

  • 15 Dec 2006

    Christian Aid and Independent on Sunday team up for climate change appeal

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    Christian Aid and Independent on Sunday team up for climate change appeal

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  • 15 Dec 2006

    Muslim clerics disagree about use of condoms to combat HIV-AIDS

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    Muslim clerics disagree about use of condoms to combat HIV-AIDS

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