World News

  • 4 Sep 2008

    The United Nations Peacebuilding fund has been hailed for its creative work in preventing or reversing conflict. But the practice of active peacebuilding needs to be much more widely understood and backed, says a new report.

  • 4 Sep 2008

    Following a series of horrific attacks in Orissa, Indian church and human rights organisations have been keeping up pressure on the government for decisive action against militants, and are asking for world attention to the crisis.

  • 3 Sep 2008

    A pastoral delegation from the World Council of Churches is visiting Russia and Georgia today. Participants will listen to churches in both countries, encourage efforts for peace and visit displaced people and church aid programmes.

  • 3 Sep 2008

    Despite the official end of Russian military operations in Georgia, campaigners say Russia has been dropping cluster bombs on civilians in the Georgian republic - killing, wounding and spreading dangerous unexploded bomblets.

  • 3 Sep 2008

    A conference in Bern this month will discuss the often thorny concept of the "Promised Land" and related theological issues with a view to helping more churches become advocates for a just peace in the Middle East.

  • 3 Sep 2008

    As focus turns to the climax of the Republican convention and the running mate by their candidate, John McCain, Democrat Barack Obama is turning his attention to winning over sceptics - including some religious voters.

  • 2 Sep 2008

    Civil rights organisations and national leaders are expressing alarm at a United Nations General Assembly resolution that demands respect for religion but which critics say has been used to justify suppression of religious minorities.

  • 2 Sep 2008

    The North American Mennonite relief and development agency MCC is supporting summer 'peace camps' which bring young black people together to find out more about being creative peacemakers in their neighbourhood and aas leaders.

  • 2 Sep 2008

    Christian and Muslim groups are urging a peaceful resolution following attacks allegedly by groups linked to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao in the Philippines, and retaliation by government troops.

  • 2 Sep 2008

    Patriarch Ilia of Georgia and Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Aleksei II are doing all they can to ensure that the conflict between their nations does not become "a people's war, a holy war", echoing earlier nationalistic fervour.