News Brief

  • February 1, 2008

    This year the World Council of Churches, the primary post-war instrument of global church cooperation, is 60 years old. Sara Speicher explores its role and future in a radically changed world, and asks how churches today can negotiate togetherness and difference.

  • January 31, 2008

    Christian leaders in Burundi have called on a church-sponsored group led by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano to reach out to the rebel Palipehutu-Forces for National Liberation, the last remaining insurgent group.

  • January 31, 2008

    As the political and economic crisis continues in Zimbabwe, two senior Catholic figures from England and Wales have been making a pastoral visit to the troubled country, offering support to churches and grassroots communities.

  • January 31, 2008

    The Philippines Catholic Bishops' Conference has described the sale and trade of human organs, and issue of increasing concern across South East Asia as "morally unacceptable" and as a violating the dignity of a human person.

  • January 31, 2008

    For the first time, a general secretary of the World Council of Churches has taken part with a pope in a Rome service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ended last week, recalling the centenary of this initiative born in the United States in 1908.

  • January 30, 2008

    The giant arms company BAE Systems is so far over budget with two of its latest projects that they will cost UK taxpayers £2.2 billion more than expected, a government report acknowledges. Peace campaigners say it is a scandal.

  • January 30, 2008

    For the third year running Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, a former human rights campaigner, has hit the headlines with a hard-hitting report on Britain's dire prison situation, calling for action not political posturing.

  • January 30, 2008

    Churches working for peace amidst post-electoral violence in Kenya are receiving a pastoral and solidarity visit from an international delegation sent by the World Council of Churches from 30 January to 3 February 2008.

  • January 30, 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI has told a gathering of academics that science should serve rather than enslave humanity, warning that the reduction of human beings and nature to mere 'objects' is not good for the spirit of reasoned enquiry.

  • January 30, 2008

    News that the director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies will receive a regional United Nations Environment Programme’s Champions of the Earth Award 2008 has been welcomed by Christian Aid, which works with BCAS.