News Brief

  • 19 Jan 2007

    When Russians celebrated the Julian calendar's New Year on 14 January 2007, they concluded an extended Christmas holiday with a particular significance for religion in their country - reports Sophia Kishkovsky from Moscow for Ecumenical News International.

  • 19 Jan 2007

    A half-million US dollars to counter world hunger, and to give substance to a commitment the UN Millennium Development Goals, was raised in 2006 by the Global Food Crisis Fund and the growing projects it spawned through the Foods Resource Bank - reports the Church of the Brethren, an Anabaptist denomination which sponsors the anti-poverty work.

  • 19 Jan 2007

    Christians from across the region joined a Chinese monk from the Trappist order, the Rev Nicholas Kao Se-tsean, who is believed to be one of the world's oldest Roman Catholic priests, as he celebrated a remarkable 110th birthday with family and friends in Hong Kong - reports Francis Wong for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 19 Jan 2007

    Online members of FaithfulAmerica.org, an alliance of progressive US Christians and other religious believers, have been writing their own 'Faithful State of the Union' address in anticipation of next Tuesday's annual report to the nation from the president, George W. Bush.

  • 18 Jan 2007

    The Pope has offered prayers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins today, focusing on Christian-Jewish relations.

  • 18 Jan 2007

    The scientists who mind the Doomsday Clock yesterday moved it two minutes closer to midnight, which symbolizes the annihilation of civilization, adding the perils of global warming for the first time to acute nuclear threats.

  • 18 Jan 2007

    The government's argument for keeping an "independent nuclear deterrent" is flawed, a veteran Christian campaigner has told MPs.

  • 18 Jan 2007

    A Government minister has given his backing to the recommendations of a report from the thinktank Ekklesia which proposes the resolution of conflicts between a number of Christian Unions and university Students' Unions, through mediation rather than court battles.

  • 18 Jan 2007

    Christians urged to back new anti-slavery campaign running throughout 2007 as millions around the world still wait to be set free.

  • 18 Jan 2007

    On the third Monday of every January, the United States marks Martin Luther King Day. The national holiday celebrates the birth and life of the civil rights activist and Baptist minister, whose Christian convictions about justice and the Gospel led him to a path of non-violence and peacemaking.