The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia has urged South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to "take urgent measures to strengthen inter-Korean relationships without any pre-conditions".
Pope Benedict XVI has chosen "Combating poverty. Building peace" as the key theme for his Message for the 42nd World Day of Peace, due to be celebrated on 1 January 2009, the Vatican announced in a communique issued today.
Churches around the world will pray for the Pacific as an international church initiative against violence focuses attention on the region this year. Pacific churches themselves will work together on how best to promote peace.
Witnesses for creative peacemaking from member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Burundi, Brazil, Greece and the United States will travel to Germany, 27 June - 4 July, to exchange experiences in overcoming violence.
Campaigners are being urged to mark tomorrow's International Day in Support of Torture Victims. It comes as Amnesty International publishes a new report on the complicity of European government's in US rendition.
Two international ecumenical Christian bodies have called on the UN, the South African Development Community and the African Union "to increase [their] efforts to address the rapidly deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe".