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  • 5 Feb 2007

    I have been travelling in the Philippines where news of increased troop levels and warfare in Iraq reaches us. Although it has been many months since I was in Baghdad, where I listened to the stories of detainees, I have a clear image of the increased burden of violence. I imagine with horror the columns of military vehicles weaving their way in narrow streets where homes and storefronts of my friends' neighbourhoods abound.

  • 4 Feb 2007

    Describing the past six months as "a disaster for Palestinians and indeed the whole Middle East," the leading Lutheran bishop in Jerusalem has urged US Christians to join their Middle East brothers and sisters and say they are "fed up" with stigmatization, bloodshed, hatred and occupation affecting both Israelis and Palestinians.

  • 4 Feb 2007

    Scientists' grim predictions of an even worse rate of global warming means the world must act immediately to help poor people cope with the now inevitable ravages of climate change, says international development agency Chrsitian Aid.

  • 4 Feb 2007

    A national grassroots campaign mounted by Jubilee USA, the international humanitarian agency, Church World Service (the ecumenical Christian relief network) and allied organizations is urging Americans to send Valentine's Day wishes to US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, asking him to have a heart and cancel Liberia's 3.5 billion dollar debt.

  • 4 Feb 2007

    An independently-run national “citizens' enquiry” has heard evidence of inhumane treatment of asylum seekers by a UK Home Office permeated by what some claim is “a culture of cynicism and unbelief.” The allegations will add more pressure to an already besieged Home Secretary, John Reid.

  • 3 Feb 2007

    The Christian Socialist Movement (CSM) has joined Methodists, the Anglican Bishop of Hume, the Archbishop of Canterbury and numerous other church and civic leaders in expressing disappointment at the granting of a licence for a regional super-casino in Manchester.

  • 3 Feb 2007

    The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, a national US coalition of 91 religious, labour and community organizations, has thanked the Senate for voting to raise the minimum wage for the first time in many years.

  • 3 Feb 2007

    Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has dedicated the receipt of India's highest international honour, the Gandhi Peace Prize, to "the people of South Africa, to the freedom of Darfur and to Aung Sans Suu Kyi", the Burmese leader held under house arrest - writes Anto Akkara from Thrissur, India, for Ecumenical News International(ENI).

  • 3 Feb 2007

    The large numbers of Christians who will be joining the anti-Trident nuclear weapons demonstration in London on 24 February 2007 are being invited to an ecumenical service beforehand. Hinde Street Methodist Church - just north of the famous Oxford Street shopping centre - will host the gathering for worship at 10.30 AM.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) programme on climate change and water has welcomed a high-profile report released today by the United Nations climate panel. The WCC brings together mainline Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and indigenous churches across the world, working closely with Roman Catholics and in exchange with Evangelicals and Pentecostals.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    The leader of a large Reformed denomination in South Africa says a crime wave gripping the country is a moral issue that cannot be solved only by having more police officers and state-of-the-art forensic equipment - writes David Wanless from Cape Town for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 2 Feb 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has criticized society's over-reliance on prisons ‚Ä' and is calling for a commission of enquiry into the penal justice system in the UK, which he says is failing both offenders and victims because it is not restorative.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    Four Muslim organizations in Germany have called off a meeting with Protestant leaders planned for February 2007, saying there is a need for "considerable explanation" about recently-published church guidelines urging greater clarity in Christian-Muslim relations reports Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 2 Feb 2007

    A Christian peace activist will be released today from what has been labelled one of the worst prisons in the country.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    Oxford theologian Professor Alister McGrath, whose book ‘The Dawkins Delusion?' is published by SPCK on 15 February 2007, has previewed his latest arguments against the well-known author of best-seller ‘The God Delusion' in a two-part interview with The Salvation Army's weekly newspaper, starting tomorrow (3 February 2007).