News Brief

  • 21 Feb 2007

    Religious leaders from the US and Iran met yesterday in Tehran to discuss the importance of faith groups finding common ground in peacemaking, particularly in light of the growing political tensions between Wtstern countries and Iran over nuclear power and Middle East politics.

  • 21 Feb 2007

    With a critical UK parliamentary vote due in March 2007 on the issue of the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system, Christians marked Ash Wednesday (the beginning of the annual Lenten season of repentance) by gathering in Central London today to make known their opposition to Britain's possession of weapons of mass destruction.

  • 21 Feb 2007

    The main Protestant grouping of churches in Latin America, which for years was seen as a religious embodiment of left-wing politics, began its six-yearly gathering in a Pentecostal church in Buenos Aires with a lively worship service - writes Peter Kenny for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 21 Feb 2007

    For the past 48 hours the websites, newsgroups and email lists of Anglicans across the world have been abuzz with analysis, argument and counter-argument concerning the outcome of the Anglican Primates (heads of provinces) meeting in Tanzania, which ended earlier this week.

  • 20 Feb 2007

    Anglican Primates (chief presiding bishops, archbishops and moderators) were last evening (19 February 2007) emerging from intense discussions at their meeting in Tanzania, as commentators across the world waited for a twice-delayed communiqu?© from the gathering concerning moves to secure the future of the 78-million strong Communion. The communiqu?© was finally issued at 22.30 GMT.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    St Francis of Assisi's prayer, 'Make me a channel of your peace', was the theme for a celebration of common commitment to overcome violence at a gathering of Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant church representatives on 17 February 2007 in Wittenberg, Germany.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    The UK's real impact on global warming has been massively underestimated, according to new research revealing that millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases produced by some of the UK's top companies are not being declared.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    A community organisation supported by church and other partners has been forced to close its offices in Mbare, Zimbabwe, after being threatened by ruling party militia.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    Loving enemies is central to the way of Jesus, and Christian non-violence is not a tactical choice, it is a "a personal way of being" based on God's alternative strength ‚Ä' that was the message of Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Rome on Sunday 18 February 2007.

  • 19 Feb 2007

    A slave market whipping post once stood where the high altar now rises inside Zanzibar's 127-year-old Christ Church Cathedral. Here the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, began the Eucharist on 18 February 2007 with prayers asking "forgiveness for the past, mercy for the present, and humility for the future" - writes Bob Williams for Episcopal News Service USA.