News Brief

  • July 2, 2008

    What can churches and religious bodies do that ecological groups are not doing? Can they engage on the issue without merely replicating what is happening in secular society? These are questions global Lutherans have been asking.

  • July 2, 2008

    A service at Westminster Abbey has been held to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service. During the event the Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid tribute describing it as the "noblest manifestation of the character of our country".

  • July 2, 2008

    Israeli soldiers have assaulted Christian Peacemakers and shot and killed a Palestinian youth in a village north of Hebron.

  • July 2, 2008

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia has urged South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to "take urgent measures to strengthen inter-Korean relationships without any pre-conditions".

  • July 1, 2008

    Some sections of the Anglican Communion are convinced that only their narrow vision of what is permissible in faithfulness to the Christian message is adequate, says Simon Barrow. But they are confounded by the biblical texts they claim loyalty to.

  • July 1, 2008

    Peaceful and positive global pressure needed to bring change to Zimbabwe says a Mennonite church leader with direct experience of the situation in the conflict-torn southern African nation.

  • July 1, 2008

    Ideas for "bringing unity down to earth", "communicative action" and a "theology of the wilderness" were among the winning entries submitted for an essay contest on Prospects for Ecumenism in the 21st Century.

  • July 1, 2008

    The congregation of missing Penarth minister, the Rev David Fox, are holding vigils of prayer at 5pm each day, as they wait for news of him. He disappeared more than a week ago, while on a walking holiday in Slovenia.

  • July 1, 2008

    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.

  • July 1, 2008

    Five aid agencies today announced that they have signed an agreement with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to deliver US government food assistance to North Koreans suffering from severe food shortages.