News Brief

  • April 28, 2008

    A leading regional church figure says Christians in Palestine-Israel are living in a difficult situation, with some cases of Muslim-Christian tension. But talk of 'persecution' is exaggerated and the real task is to combat injustice.

  • April 28, 2008

    In the fourth week since Zimbabwe went to the polls a violent crack down is clearly underway, says Christian aid agency Tearfund, but churches are opening their doors to shelter the victims of harassment

  • April 27, 2008

    The World Council of Churches has called for the immediate release of the full and complete results of disputed elections in Zimbabwe, as Christians around the world prepare to take part in an international day of prayer for the nation.

  • April 25, 2008

    The Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint statement in support of the strong voice of fellow Christians in Zimbabwe, as the country's post-election crisis appears to be worsening.

  • April 25, 2008

    Nancy R. Heisey is being taken for a ride, but she's not objecting. The religion scholar, who is also president of Mennonite World Conference, is "trying to do my responsible part" in caring for the environment by leaving her car at home.

  • April 25, 2008

    The election of former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo as president of Paraguay is a further sign of a left-wing shift in Latin America, according to long-term observers of the region's sometimes volcanic political scene.

  • April 24, 2008

    A delegation led by the Rev Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has travelled to Syria wishing to learn from the country's long experience of Christians and Muslims living peacefully together.

  • April 24, 2008

    Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has announced that he has had an Evangelical Christian 'conversion'. He said that he became a Christian when he was a young Sergeant in the Police force.

  • April 24, 2008

    The High Court has formally quashed the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) decision to drop its corruption investigation into BAE Systems arms deals with Saudi Arabia. The decision is a huge success for the campaign groups that brought the case.

  • April 24, 2008

    The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has called for an arms embargo against Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, amid growing evidence of a campaign of violent intimidation against political opponents.