World News

  • November 26, 2009

    On the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women, the World Council of Churches announced a series of Lent study resources for groups who want to do their bit to end violence against women.

  • November 26, 2009

    New statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the USA indicate an 11 per cent rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America over the past last year - with a marked increase in those based on religion.

  • November 26, 2009

    Ministers at a World Trade Organisation gathering in Geneva to seek new ways of alleviating poverty and generating growth are being called upon by faith groups to respect the right to food as enshrined in human rights declarations.

  • November 26, 2009

    Uganda's Christians are split over the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, with some clergy protesting to the government while others are writing in favour of it. A committee of the Ugandan Parliament has this week begun debating the Bill.

  • November 25, 2009

    Human rights groups have welcomed the government of Sri Lanka’s promise to lift by 1 December any restrictions on movement of at least 130,000 people displaced by the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam.

  • November 25, 2009

    A ban on the construction of minarets would breach Switzerland’s obligations to uphold freedom of religion, Amnesty International said ahead of a referendum on Sunday 29 November 2009 on a constitutional amendment.

  • November 25, 2009

    Church of Sweden Archbishop Anders Wejry has denied that there is anything hugely controversial about the appointment of a partnered lesbian as a bishop, in spite of complaints from other parts of the world.

  • November 25, 2009

    Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury have said relationships between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion will not be obstructed by a recent Vatican offer to allow disaffected Anglicans to convert.

  • November 24, 2009

    In the continuing quest for gender equality in the world, a group of young women have been working at the United Nations to expand the message that theology which emphasises equality is essential to real progress.

  • November 24, 2009

    A former soldier who fled the US army following homophobic persecution is appealing for asylum in Canada. Bethany Smith says she received death threats and was repeatedly assaulted after other soldiers discovered her sexuality.