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  • 24 Aug 2007

    The general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Rev Setri Nyomi, has joined events marking the centenary of the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda by urging it to speak out more boldly against injustice over the next 100 years.

  • 24 Aug 2007

    A Romanian criminal, once labelled the country's fourth most dangerous, is electing to forgo parole after becoming a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. He says that he would rather stay in jail to share his new-found faith and help his fellow prioners.

  • 24 Aug 2007

    The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid is making £50,000 available to local partner organisations in Jamaica and Haiti to support their post-hurricane relief efforts. Churches worldwide have responded to the disaster.

  • 22 Aug 2007

    In a move that will reclaim some of the ground that is typically occupied by conservative Christians, Gay Catholics are to focus on the idea of 'family'.

  • 20 Aug 2007

    Research complied by Sudan Divestment UK has revealed a significant number of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with close links to the Government of Sudan.

  • 16 Aug 2007

    The major international body linking together Mennonite and other Anabaptist-related churches throughout the world will live up to its promise to offer practical solidarity to Christians and other suffering in Zimbabwe, it has been reported. An eight-member Koinonia Delegation will visit the country from 16-29 August 2007.

  • 16 Aug 2007

    The devastating multiple bomb attacks against the minority Yazidi community in northern Iraq on 14 August 2007 may have claimed up to 400 lives, the Iraqi interior ministry claimed today - as the grim task of digging out bodies continues. Once again the Kurds and a religious minority are the victims.

  • 15 Aug 2007

    The sixtieth anniversary of India's independence reminds us, says Jonathan Bartley, that the nonviolent activism of Gandhi and the the peaceful and environmental 'awkward squads' point to a more hopeful form of politics and social change.

  • 15 Aug 2007

    The new leaders of the Methodist Church have launched a weblog to create a conversation with them among grassroots Christians during their year in office. The Rev Martyn Atkins, President of the Conference, and Vice President Ms Ruby Beech, will use the weblog to open their thoughts for comment.

  • 15 Aug 2007

    In a gesture of support toward the families of the Korean hostages being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and a Methodist minister from Kenya, visited them yesterday while on a trip to Korea.

  • 15 Aug 2007

    India gained independence through nonviolence, but partition involved much brutality, says Savi Hensman. Independence means embracing peace and justice in spite of intolerant ideologies, both religious and secular.

  • 15 Aug 2007

    The Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has called for calm in East Timor amidst the violence that has escalated since Xanana Gusmao was appointed to be Prime Minister by the country’s new President Jose Ramos-Horta.

  • 15 Aug 2007

    While some members of the Church of England appear ready to expel or de-Christianise each other over different views on sexuality, others are trying to talk together - using the medium of social networking site Facebook. But not many so far.

  • 14 Aug 2007

    A rallying call to encourage Christians to 'do more, do it together, do it in word and action' throughout 2008 has already been accepted over 630 communities across the UK, reports the Evangelical Alliance.

  • 14 Aug 2007

    A World Evangelical Alliance theologian says evangelicals are ready to support a code of conduct concerning conversion commonly agreed by traditional Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches as well as by Roman Catholics.