Words of encouragement from local, regional and international church leaders, who want Christians to remain in Iraq, have not been able to stem a tide of Iraqi refugees from leaving their country in the face of violence.
The Iraqi parliament has voted to accept a deal on the future withdrawal of US troops from the country after negotiations with the White House, the State Department and a variety of interests and voices within the country.
Church leaders from around the world have expressed their shock and outrage at the atrocities in Mumbai. The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the High Commissioner of India, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, expressing his sadness.
The carnage in Mumbai in which gunmen have killed over a hundred people, injured many more and taken hostages, has shocked the world. It has thrown a spotlight on religious extremism of various kinds, writes Savi Hensman.
A series of violent attacks has struck Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, killing many people. Hostages are being held and the situation beyond the tragic headlines is only just coming in to view, Ekklesia is learning.
There may not be much fun and yuletide merriment this Christmas, as Father Christmas may not make it over the Separation Wall. A new Christmas Card produced by the charity the Amos Trust, features Father Christmas walking along the barrier.