World News

  • January 16, 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI has called for the Catholic Church to be given legal recognition in Muslim-majority but politically secular Turkey, which has faced criticism of its treatment of religious minorities as it seeks to become a member of the EU.

  • January 15, 2010

    After a really difficult 72 hours, emergency assistance is beginning to get through to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, said the UK Disasters Emergency Committee. Aid distribution has begun but logistics are still very difficult, says the UN.

  • January 15, 2010

    Governmental and NGO aid coordinators are being frustrated in their efforts to assist victims of the huge Haiti earthquake by the country's lack of workable infrastructure - but say that redoubling the effort and contributions is the only response.

  • January 14, 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI has met with and forgiven the mentally disturbed woman who knocked him over at Mass on Christmas Eve. But the Vatican is apparently still intending to pursue its legal action against her.

  • January 13, 2010

    As a thinktank in the UK suggested that Britain's armed forces are likely to be cut by up to a quarter, Pope Benedict has urged a decrease in military spending across the world, saying the resources would be much better spent on the poor.

  • January 13, 2010

    In a 13 January 2010 solidarity letter to the churches in Malaysia, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed deep concern and sorrow about recent attacks against church buildings in the country.

  • January 13, 2010

    As the Pope said the Catholic church would respond and Catholic aid agency CAFOD pledged money to the relief effort this afternoon, it emerged that the Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince had been killed in the Haiti earthquake.

  • January 13, 2010

    The Christian Aid office in Haiti has collapsed and three people have had to be rescued from the rubble, following the country's devastating earthquake. Communications to the country remain very difficult as the relief effort gets underway.

  • January 13, 2010

    A group of diverse leaders from religious and secular organisations has issued the most comprehensive joint statement of current law to date on controversial legal issues concerning church and state.

  • January 13, 2010

    Action of Churches Together (ACT) member churches are already involved in responding to the Haiti disaster. World Council of Churches General Secretary, Olav Fykse Tveit, has expressed condolences and solidarity with the people there.