World News

  • September 11, 2008

    The destruction of ethnic Georgian communities in South Ossetia, the deep wounds to local society and war damage to the capital city confronted a delegation from the World Council of Churches on the second half of a 3-7 September 2008 pastoral visit to Georgia and Russia.

  • September 10, 2008

    The Earth remains intact after the start of the largest particle physics experiment ever conducted, in Switzerland, following high profile scares that it might destroy the world - a sign, say many, of the media's "science illiteracy".

  • September 10, 2008

    Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Vietnam has been accused by the government there of breaking the law and causing disorder by supporting prayer vigils against the authorities' confiscation of Catholic Church property.

  • September 10, 2008

    Christian denominations working through the ecumenical Action of Churches Together and the Catholic network Caritas are contributing short- and long-term aid to those hit by hurricanes and tropical storms recently.

  • September 9, 2008

    One of the world's smallest nations, Tuvalu, has a big problem. Slowly, but surely, it is "going under" the relentless waves of the Pacific. Tuvaluans know it, but they don't accept that sinking is their ultimate fate.

  • September 9, 2008

    The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid is among those urging Caribbean heads of government to refuse to sign a new trade deal that the European Union (EU) is attempting to force onto the region.

  • September 9, 2008

    A web portal providing access to resources on communication rights has been launched by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) as the first step towards establishing a new global Centre for Communication Rights.

  • September 8, 2008

    The Angolan government is threatening to close the Association for Justice, Peace and Democracy (AJPD), one of the country’s most active human rights organisations.

  • September 8, 2008

    A major arms fair due to begin on Remembrance Day in Adelaide, Australia, has been cancelled because of high levels of protest. In the UK, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has welcomed the news.

  • September 8, 2008

    Speaking at a pastoral congress in Germany, Cardinal Martino deplored the prejudice and hatred being meted out to Romany and travelling people (often called "gypsies") in many parts of Europe, and called on churches to support them.