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".
A student Christian leader Zimbabwe has urged the international community to intervene, following the decision of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to withdraw from the presidential runoff, citing escalating violence against supporters.
Not all wars and conflicts make the pages of newspapers, nor are all peace agreements the result of the high diplomacy of the United Nations, and that certainly includes those now being reconciled in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
Church leaders are to call on the Ministry of Defence to support the struggling farming industry by buying British food for its soldiers, rather than cheaper, intensively farmed, foreign food, following a debate held this weekend at Ripon Cathedral.