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  • 7 Jan 2007

    Today (7 January 2007) is the day of Christmas celebrations for 150 million Orthodox Christians across the world ‚Ä' the branch of the global Christian family which still claims the deepest links with the post-apostolic Church.

  • 6 Jan 2007

    Governments, aid agencies and humanitarian actors must spend twice as much on disaster preparedness activities that could save millions of lives, according to Robert Tickner, CEO of Australian Red Cross.

  • 6 Jan 2007

    Kenyan Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi has urged his government to reconsider a decision earlier this week to close its borders to refugees from neighbouring strife-torn Somalia - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News International.

  • 6 Jan 2007

    Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus has been appointed the new head of the Warsaw Catholic Archdiocese in Poland, in spite of findings by a church commission that he collaborated with the former communist country's secret police.

  • 6 Jan 2007

    Peacemakers are helping communities resolve differences and recover from violence in Sudan's Darfur region despite a devastating four-year-old war that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and is continuing to escalate - writes Tim Shenk of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the North American peace church development organisation.

  • 5 Jan 2007

    The outgoing leader of the Anglican Church in Hong Kong has used the opportunity provided by a retirement address to urge dialogue rather than division on issues of sexuality currently raging across the 77 million strong worldwide Anglican Communion.

  • 5 Jan 2007

    The Protestant development aid programme Kerkinactie has left the national platform of Dutch peace and development organizations advocating a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - writes Andreas Havinga for Ecumenical News International.
    The decision of Kerkinactie to end its membership of United Civilians for Peace (UCP) was announced on 22 December and took effect earier this week.

  • 4 Jan 2007

    After the intervention of the Ethiopian troops, the situation in Somalia continues to be very tense, with the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) refusing a government offer for amnesty, say church agencies working in the region.

  • 4 Jan 2007

    As tension and violence continues to escalate in Gaza, Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic aid agency, continues to be alarmed at the ongoing deterioration of the health situation in the Palestinian Territories - and involved in practical work to redress the situation.

  • 4 Jan 2007

    Caritas remains concerned about health crisis in Palestine

    -04/01/07

    As tension and vi

    Caritas remains concerned about health crisis in Palestine

    -04/01/07

    As tension and vi

  • 4 Jan 2007

    Hong Kong Anglican leader urges dialogue not division on sexuality

    -04/01/07

    The outgo

    Hong Kong Anglican leader urges dialogue not division on sexuality

    -04/01/07

    The outgo

  • 4 Jan 2007

    Churches assist refugees on Somali and Kenyan border

    -04/01/07

    After the intervention

    Churches assist refugees on Somali and Kenyan border

    -04/01/07

    After the intervention

  • 3 Jan 2007

    A television documentary following British church leaders on a recent pre-Christmas 'pilgrimage of peace' to the Israel Palestine ‚Ä' and particularly Bethlehem, traditionally held to be the birthplace of Jesus ‚Ä' is due to be screened this weekend.

  • 3 Jan 2007

    The recent peaceful election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is just the first step in uniting a country ravaged by decades of war and dictatorship - writes Alain Kabeya N'tumba, advocacy officer for the Kinshasa office of CAFOD, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development.

  • 3 Jan 2007

    Congo takes first steps in quest for peace and unity

    -03/01/07

    The recent peaceful ele

    Congo takes first steps in quest for peace and unity

    -03/01/07

    The recent peaceful ele