Fredrick Nzwili looks at recent global and regional initiatives by the churches to confront the complex political and humanitarian issues underlying current crises around migration - especially in the South.
As the security situation in Darfur continues to deteriorate and hundreds more local people die, an Action of Churches Together - Caritas employee has been killed in western Darfur, highlighting the ongong carnage.
A report published by the new BBC trust today is critical of some programmes for allowing celebrity-backed anti-poverty groups to appear in entertainment shows. Their backers say this reflects reality, an is an antidote to comercialism.
The leader of a major grouping of African churches has expressed outrage at human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, and has urged the world to help resolve the political crisis in the southern African country.
Fighting between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip has highlighted the urgent need for the international community to end the isolation and blockade on the Palestinian government, say churches and NGOs.
For the first time, a woman has been appointed as head of the global Caritas Internationalis network of official Catholic relief and development agencies. She formerly worked for the UK aid agency, CAFOD.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Germany's biggest Protestant gathering that the results of her meeting with leaders from the G8 industrial nations marked a "step forward" - though much remains to be done.
Billions of dollars are flooding out of Africa through ilicit means which have little to do with internal corruption, and which dwarf efforts at development assistance, says leading churches' agency Christian Aid.
While environment and development groups are generally dissatisfied with the outcome of the G8 summit this week, the pledge to launch climate negotiations in Bali in December 2007 and complete them in 2009 has been welcomed by Christian Aid.