News Brief

  • October 15, 2007

    Two women theologians from Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo due to speak at a Mennonite-sponsored conference for women of colour were denied visas by the US State Department, which cited "lack of assets" as a reason for excluding them.

  • October 15, 2007

    European Baptists are renewing their efforts to press for the release of an imprisoned peace pastor, Zaur Balaev, after an Azerbaijan court last week rejected his appeal against a two-year prison sentence for illegal religious activity and violence.

  • October 15, 2007

    UK relief and development agency Tearfund is launching an emergency appeal to support Zimbabwe churches bringing help to the poorest families affected by Zimbabwe’s spiralling crisis.

  • October 15, 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has opened a 13th century church in Wales which was dismantled and rebuilt stone-by-stone over 20 years 50 miles away at the National History Museum, St Fagansa, in Cardiff.

  • October 15, 2007

    The Pope and human rights groups have joined calls for the release of two Catholic priests kidnapped in Mosul, northern Iraq, on Friday 12 October 2007, Syrian Catholic Church head Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa has briefed reporters.

  • October 14, 2007

    Students of theology and young theologians are being invited by the World Council of Churches to bring new perspectives to the debate about the future of the ecumenical movement through an essay competition for the WCC's 60th anniversary.

  • October 14, 2007

    Churches, voluntary organisations and the local council in Sheffield have come together to declare the city a place of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees. They aim to improve policy coordination and to challenge public misperceptions.

  • October 13, 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has given an intial positive response to the 'A Common Word' document from Muslim scholars and religious leaders addressed to Christian leaders.

  • October 13, 2007

    The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who is also president of the Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, has responded positively to letter sent to him and global Christian leaders by 138 Muslim world leaders.

  • October 12, 2007

    A campaign which started in rural Carmarthenshire to support farmers and other rural businesses under economic threat is spreading throughout churches in Wales and looks set to step over the border.