News Brief

  • October 12, 2007

    A World Council of Churches economist has criticised the global economic system for creating "material and spiritual poverty" and called for a people-centred economy in which morality replaces mathematics in tackling problems caused by global capital.

  • October 12, 2007

    Native American languages have been under "extreme and direct attack" for generations and many are in danger of extinction, the director of a project working to save the Euchee language has told United Methodists in the USA.

  • October 12, 2007

    Catholic and Orthodox Christians are moving towards unity, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics declared at the end of his recent general audience in St Peter's Square, Rome. The Pope announced an international commission on the issue.

  • October 11, 2007

    A statement by leading Muslim scholars setting out the mainstream Islamic view on peace among the religions "for the sake of the world" has been described as "a historic breakthrough" by a leading Cambridge academic working on inter-religious issues with Christians.

  • October 11, 2007

    A new resource for churches and others has been produced for Remembrance Sunday, which aims to bring together the idea of remembering those killed in war with a commitment to work for peace.

  • October 11, 2007

    UK PM Gordon Brown's administration has received a warning in the strongest possible terms about following the current US-led geopolitical strategy, as a leading British research organisation says that the 'war on terror' has been failing and will continue to fail unless it is redirected.

  • October 11, 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, faces rebellion in his own episcopal ranks after the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir Ali, indicated that he may boycott next year's Lambeth conference over the gay row and others issues.

  • October 11, 2007

    They are people seldom spoken of - the rural poor, landless and tribal people of India - at time when their country is being hailed as a new economic superpower. But last week they demanded to be heard, at the start of one of the biggest non-violent protests since Gandhi chased out the British.

  • October 11, 2007

    Mennonites from ten countries are about to travel to Rome for continuing consultations on Mennonite-Catholic dialogue and peacemaking. In the past Anabaptists groups like the Mennonites were victims of violence and prescriptions by state churches in Europe.

  • October 11, 2007

    Pensioners from a federation of self-help groups in Balykchy, Central Asia, attached to the Resource Centre to the Elderly, which gets backing from the Ecumenical Consortium for Central Asia and other NGOs, are angry that they have gone three years without domestic water.