World News

  • 16 Jan 2008

    Pope Benedict has cancelled a visit to the prestigious La Sapienza University in Rome after protests about his past remarks about Galileo. But a professor there says attempts to stop him speaking violate intellectual freedom.

  • 16 Jan 2008

    The second meeting of an Evangelical Christian-Muslim Dialogue took place in Tripoli last week, and is seen by participants as an important step forward in understanding between two faith traditions that have often been at loggerheads.

  • 16 Jan 2008

    The recent freeing of Clara Rojas and Consuelo González in Colombia has been welcomed by a World Council of Churches' spokesperson as a sign of hope that non-violence and justice is still possible in the troubled country.

  • 16 Jan 2008

    Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said multi-racial harmony in his country is under threat by State-sponsored Islamic puritanism that has damaged the constitutional rights of other faiths in the Muslim-majority nation

  • 16 Jan 2008

    The global human rights group Amnesty International has called on the government of Iran to immediately abolish the "grotesque and horrific" practice of publicly stoning people to death.

  • 15 Jan 2008

    The Church of the Province of Central Africa has revoked the priest's licence of notoriously pro-Mugabe Zimbabwean Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, following his removal of the Anglican diocese of Harare from its regional division.

  • 15 Jan 2008

    The head of the United Church of Christ denomination in the USA has reacted with anger and frustration to accusations of racism circulating about it largest congregation, which is also Senator Barack Obama's home church.

  • 15 Jan 2008

    The Jesuits, one of the largest and most powerful Catholic orders, is holding a meeting in Rome this month, at which it is to elect a new superior general to head its 19,000 members - whose influence is well beyond its numbers.

  • 14 Jan 2008

    Faith groups throughout the USA observed the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness on 11 January 2008, seeking also move beyond consciousness of the problem to collaborative actions towards ending exploitation.

  • 14 Jan 2008

    Extreme rainfall in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe has caused severe flooding with devastating consequences - including food shortages to come as farmers’ crops are washed away, warn international church and development bodies.