News Brief

  • October 4, 2007

    The internet has played a major role in galvanising solidarity on behalf of the repressed democracy movement in Burma. Now bloggers in the UK and elsewhere are joining in on the action.

  • October 4, 2007

    The Rev Dr Michael Kinnamon, known for his work on issues of justice and peace, has been nominated as the next General Secretary of the National Council of Churches (USA).

  • October 4, 2007

    Gayy Christians in the UK have criticised primarily white conservative Christians for pressurising African Anglican leaders, and have said that the US Episcopal Church's compromise in saying it will not ordain gay people or bless partnerships at the moment will backfire.

  • October 4, 2007

    American congress persons, including Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, are urging European countries to keep up the political and economic pressure on the dictatorship in Burma, following the brutal suppression of pro-democracy protests originally led by Buddhist monks.

  • October 4, 2007

    A five-year campaign by human rights campaigners, including the Franciscan religious order, has influenced the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to has decide to appoint a Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery.

  • October 4, 2007

    The funeral of a Sri Lankan Roman Catholic priest tragically killed by a mine blast as he was on his way to distribute supplies to displaced people, has attracted more than 5,000 mourners including Hindus and Muslims.

  • October 3, 2007

    Campaigners from Christian Aid yesterday (Tuesday 2 October) published the results of research which shows that most of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies have not committed to targets for absolute reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • October 3, 2007

    Saving the environment is a serious business – but you can still have a laugh doing it. That’s the message of UK development agency Christian Aid in launching a couple of hilarious YouTube videos aimed at getting people to take up the eco-challenge with a smile on their faces.

  • October 3, 2007

    There is an "international responsibility to protect people at risk in the Darfur region ... and in neighbouring Chad," says the World Council of Churches executive committee, calling on member churches to bring that responsibility "to the attention of their governments".

  • October 3, 2007

    The Archbishop of Harare has issued an urgent appeal for help as Zimbabwe faces a spiralling food crisis. It is estimated that one in three people will soon be in need of food aid following a disastrous harvest.