World News

  • 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.

  • May 12, 2009

    Amnesty International is calling on all parties to the conflict in eastern Chad not to attack civilians or place them at risk, and that the full complement of United Nations peacekeepers be immediately deployed and provided with adequate resources.

  • May 12, 2009

    The First Amendment Center in the USA has placed online the once unavailable five-volume treatise of the late Rev Dean M. Kelley, the internationally known National Council of Churches USA executive for religious liberty.

  • May 11, 2009

    As he heads to what could be a sea of controversy in Israel-Palestine, Pope Benedict XVI's Middle East trip has been marked by a strong message of reconciliation and affirmation of hard-pressed historic Christian communities in the region.