News Brief

  • July 8, 2008

    The Pentagon has announced that the US military will continue to use and export even the most unreliable cluster bombs over the next decade. The policy decision comes shortly after 111 countries agreed to a global treaty banning cluster bombs.

  • July 8, 2008

    Organisers of an anti-violent crime conference being held in Brixton on Saturday have welcomed the Archbishop of York’s comments that the Church of England should be reaching out to young people in knife crime.

  • July 8, 2008

    The G8 leaders have been criticised today for failing to make a breakthrough in critical climate change talks. Discussions about how to reduce greenhouse gases came on the second day of the summit on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

  • July 8, 2008

    A new generation of children risks becoming socially excluded and even homeless unless urgent action is taken to tackle poor and abusive parenting head on, a report warns today.

  • July 8, 2008

    At a meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, the Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has called on its member churches to advocate for the removal of discriminatory travel and entry restrictions, and similar examples of stigmatizations to people living with HIV.

  • July 8, 2008

    A London gun and knife crime prayer vigil is to take place at Westminster Cathedral on Friday. The vigil is organised by Pasture, a group of Catholics, with a special interest in the young in the streets of London who are involved in gangs, knife and gun crimes.

  • July 8, 2008

    Roman Catholic social justice advocates have joined in widespread criticism of new laws restricting protests during World Youth Day in Sydney this month, which Pope Benedict XVI will attend in his first visit to Australia.

  • July 8, 2008

    A key church figure in the struggle against Robert Mugabe's abuses in Zimbabwe, Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube, has said he may soon return to the country, still reeling from post-election conflict, hunger and economic chaos.

  • July 8, 2008

    While the media focus is on in-fighting over sexuality and gender, the July 2008 Lambeth Conference of worldwide Anglican bishops will be challenged to look outwards at the HIV-AIDS pandemic facing millions in Africa.

  • July 8, 2008

    Climate change, its causes and consequences as well as the role of churches worldwide, are at the centre of a 7-14 July 2008 visit to the Pacific region by World Council of Churches general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia.