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  • 30 Jan 2007

    After being separated for decades along ethnic lines by a history of colonialism and apartheid, Namibia's three Lutheran churches are moving towards unity following an announcement that they have established a combined church council- writes Rodrick Mukumbira for Ecumenical News International(ENI).

  • 29 Jan 2007

    In a further response to an article by the new leader of the Australia Labor Party, Kevin Rudd, on 'Faith and Politics', a senior Cabinet minister has accused him of using his Christian faith for political point scoring.

  • 29 Jan 2007

    The UK government has announced there will be no exemption from anti-discrimination laws for Catholic adoption agencies, but that they will get 21 months to prepare for change, which will make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian and gay people.

  • 29 Jan 2007

    The first all-women peacekeeping unit has begun work in Liberia, joining the United Nations Peacekeeping operations. Though they are well armed, they are also developing the use of unarmed and non-violent interventions, “changing the balance of approach”, some experts say.

  • 29 Jan 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, has denounced the political manipulation of the Nazi Holocaust for current political ends, and has called for a renewed struggle against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms.

  • 29 Jan 2007

    Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams are among those from all traditions and backgrounds, including secularists, who have paid tribute to Abbe Pierre, the French Roman Catholic priest and iconic campaigner for the homeless who died recently.

  • 28 Jan 2007

    Over the weekend Zimbabwean police arrested nine church leaders, including a blind pastor, for allegedly holding a meeting in Kadoma without first seeking approval from the police - report human rights activists in Zimbabwe. They also confiscated nonviolence manuals

  • 28 Jan 2007

    It started as another UK reality TV show scrabbling for ratings and ended up at the epicentre of a global row about race, culture and class. But tonight (28 January 2007) Shilpa Shetty, the Bollywood star, brought a hint of redemption to Channel 4 by winning Celebrity Big Brother with 63 per cent of the 4 million plus popular vote.

  • 28 Jan 2007

    Hours after a nationalist protester with a handgun made an attempt to hijack a commuter ferry in the Dardanelles strait on 27 January 2007, unidentified attackers stoned at a church in the northern Turkish town of Samsun today (Sunday), the Anatolian news agency has reported.

  • 27 Jan 2007

    Despite declining membership, five Dutch denominations have generated their best-ever result in their annual fundraising drive, which organisers say generates more money than any other campaign in the Netherlands - writes Andreas Havinga for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 27 Jan 2007

    As a record 5,300 events take place across Britain this weekend to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2007, organisers and supporters are warning about complacency over whether “it could happen again”.

  • 27 Jan 2007

    African church leaders at the World Social Forum in Nairobi urged governments to use the surrender of the leader of the Union of Islamic Courts of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, as the basis for a peace initiative for the war torn country - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News Interational.

  • 27 Jan 2007

    The relationship between Christian theology and law is disputed and complex. Jesus railed against the lawyers for not understanding, and Paul contrasted a faith based on grace with one rooted in law. It would take volumes to discuss it, but even the most unbiased observer should see that the law is not an unambiguously good thing in the Christian tradition.

  • 26 Jan 2007

    A Jewish and a Christian leader in the United States have issued a joint statement to media and government calling for civility and honesty in public discourse - following what they describe as "recent political attacks using unattributed sources and based on a [presidential] candidate's childhood."

  • 26 Jan 2007

    Mozambique is "owed an ecological debt by those who constructed and have made profits from the dams of the Zambezi River, that is to say, the Portuguese government and the South African company Eskom," Malawian economist Francis Ng'ambi told participants at a World Council of Churches (WCC) workshop on ecological debt at World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, which ended yesterday.