News Brief

  • August 6, 2007

    Amid tight security, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Palestinian soil in Jericho – in a move which offers some hope to a peace process submerged in violence.

  • August 6, 2007

    In a move that may raise questions for those who believe, on secular and religious grounds, in a clear distinction between religion and the state, Christian ministers in Northern Ireland are accompanying police patrols in tough areas.

  • August 6, 2007

    The poorest people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh are the chief victims of major monsoon-driven floods across South Asia. And the situation is being made worse by lack of effective international action, local development planners are saying.

  • August 6, 2007

    Christian and secular human rights campaigners have joined forces to put pressure on the London-based Commonwealth Games Federation over Nigeria's bid for the 2014 games, citing its widely condemned mistreatment of gay people.

  • August 6, 2007

    With Evangelical and Pentecostal representatives joining an 8-12 August consultation in Toulouse, the joint Vatican-WCC study process on religious conversion has moved one step closer to its goal of a common code of conduct.

  • August 5, 2007

    Despite the UN Security Council's vote to authorise up to 26,000 peacekeeping troops for Darfur, a Sudanese Roman Catholic bishop says he believes there is not enough political will to end the crisis in this troubled part of Sudan.

  • August 5, 2007

    Keen to keep up with advancing technology and to find new ways of increasing supporter awareness, the Church of England is expanding its digital efforts with an electronic news bulletin and trial podcasts.

  • August 5, 2007

    In response to massive human suffering in Iraq, the US ecumenical relief and development agency Church World Service is mounting a two-pronged effort aimed at providing essential services for vulnerable children.

  • August 4, 2007

    More than 150 people have died and 20 million have been displaced from heavy floods in south Asia. Reports estimate more than 12 million people in India, 5.5 million in Bangladesh and 750,000 in Nepal are affected.

  • August 4, 2007

    The World Council of Churches has denounced the killing of a second Korean Christian hostage in Afghanistan, while Korean Presbyterians have called on the US and Afghanistan to negotiate the freeing of the hostages with the Taliban.