World News

  • May 14, 2009

    In spite of a global trend to better recognize the right to conscientious objection – which is marked with an International Day on 15 May – those who refuse military service are often discriminated against, persecuted, punished and imprisoned says a new study

  • May 14, 2009

    The Micah Challenge coalition in Australia has welcomed the government’s continued commitment to overseas development in the 2009-10 aid budget announced on 13 May, but says that there is a long way to go in securing justice for the poor.

  • May 14, 2009

    A group of Christian leaders who campaign for justice in the fight against hunger are calling on the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to 'step up to the plate' and seek tangible results in realising the right to food.

  • May 14, 2009

    Amid continued calls for restraint from the US, the UN, governments across the world, NGOs and faith groups, the slaughter in Sri Lanka is continuing, with a further 50 people killed yesterday in a devastating attack on a hospital.

  • May 14, 2009

    Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out in favour of Palestinian sovereignty in an address in Bethlehem during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He also called for reconstruction and reconciliation in the midst of years of strife and conflict.

  • May 13, 2009

    Pakistan could face one of the world’s worst conflict-driven people displacement crises and needs even more international help, warn development agencies, including the US-based Church World Service (CWS)

  • May 13, 2009

    An ethicist for a leading conservative denomination in the United States, who was an adviser on social issues to former US president George W. Bush, says the former US practice of waterboarding terror suspects is torture and "violates everything we stand for".

  • May 13, 2009

    Kenyan church leaders have become embroiled in an argument about a draft marriage law with a clause on polygamy. But civil rights activists say that the bill could end a range of abuses, and that church practise should not be imposed on the whole of society.

  • May 12, 2009

    Resisting pressure from both Israeli hard-liners and those antagonistic to the Israeli state, the visiting Pope Benedict XVI has come out in support of a genuine Palestinian homeland and has equally condemned anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

  • May 12, 2009

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has joined international NGOs and religious groups in expressing horror at the killing of many hundreds of civilians in so-called 'no fire zones' in embattled Sri Lanka over the weekend.