In a symbolic act of ending the year that began with the first World Council of Churches general assembly in Latin America, WCC central committee moderator the Rev Dr Walter Altmann visited an interactive exhibition on domestic violence in downtown Porto Alegre/Brazil earlier this month (December 2006).
Though their government plays a determinative role in the region, most Americans are not too sure about where Bethlehem is and who lives there. Many believe that is an Israeli town inhabited by a mixture of Jews and Muslims, a pre-Christmas survey of US perceptions of the city has shown - reports Independent Catholic News.
The campaigning Christian homelessness charity Housing Justice has issued a call to the UK government to build more homes ‚Ä' and thereby to end the injustice of families who will be spending an unhappy Christmas in temporary accommodation.
Writer and broadcaster Rod Liddle, who has in the past been attacked by Christians and Muslims for his media assaults on religious extremism, has now invited the wrath of secularists by criticising ‚Äúevangelical non-belief‚Äù in a UK Channel 4 TV programme, ‚ÄòThe Trouble With Atheism', broadcast last night.
Women have borne the brunt of the cruel devastation of war in the Congo and still
live with huge scars ‚Ä' writes Judy Amunga of Nairobi, Kenya, who participated in a recent Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to the East of the country.
Mounting casualties among displaced civilians in what the United Nations says is indiscriminate shelling in the war raging in Sri Lanka's east, have spurred churches to join protests demanding an end to the shelling in civilian areas - writes Anto Akkara for Ecumenical News International.
As violence continues to make life intolerable for many people in Iraq, Pope Benedict XVI, head of th world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has made an appeal to the international community for direct assistance to those forced to leave their homes as a result of the "dramatic situation" in the country.
On the eve of the English church leaders' pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has paid tribute to Shoah survivor and educator Elie Weiesel and has expressed distaste at the revisionist Holocaust Conference which took place last week in Teheran, Iran.