World News

  • January 2, 2009

    Pope Benedict XVI has attacked the "unbridled pursuit of wealth and short term profit" as the root cause of poverty and the global food crisis at the expense of "the common good".

  • January 1, 2009

    As 2009 begins, the United Nations Security Council is meeting to discuss the crisis in the Gaza Strip and behind-the-scenes discussions are going on with leading protagonists on both sides.

  • December 31, 2008

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has pushed aside global calls for a 48-hour truce in the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid in and give diplomacy a chance to take over from bloodshed and killing.

  • December 30, 2008

    The Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) group has called for an end to the Israeli bombing of Gaza, and also to Hamas rocket attacks, citing Jewish teaching on mercy and proportionality in self-defence.

  • December 30, 2008

    World Council of Churches general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia has condemned "the violence against Gaza" and called on "governments in the region and abroad" to seek the protection of "those who are at risk [...] on both sides of the border".

  • December 30, 2008

    The international Catholic aid network Caritas says that around 400 people may have been killed in massacres carried out by rebels in Congo in late December, following a spate of violence in the country.

  • December 29, 2008

    Christians in India have been muted in Christmas festivity this year, following violence in Orissa, Karnataka and the tragic Mumbai attacks.

  • December 28, 2008

    A dozen Christian leaders in the United States are asking President-Elect Barack Obama to ease travel restrictions to Cuba, which hinder church relations between the countries.

  • December 27, 2008

    The humanitarian gesture proved short-lived, say observers in Gaza. Israeli war planes and combat helicopters have pounded the area, killing around 200 people.

  • December 26, 2008

    Following widespread international criticism, Israel has re-opened crossings into the Gaza Strip to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.