World News

  • September 27, 2007

    Anti-AIDS activists, including those working with church-backed groups, have expressed amazement at outrage about claims made by the head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique that some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately.

  • September 27, 2007

    The leader of the Anglican church in Myanmar (Burma) has offered support and prayers for the nation as thousands of Buddhist monks are taking to the streets of the capital in non-violent protests - and facing military repression.

  • September 26, 2007

    More than 100 religious leaders today (Wednesday) participated in an hour-long, interfaith encounter with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Church Centre for the United Nations.

  • September 26, 2007

    Thousands of Burmese monks and other protesters have begun a new march with prayers and chants in Rangoon, despite a baton charge by police at the city's holiest shrine. Supporters say the tide of nonviolent resistance must continue.

  • September 26, 2007

    Beijing's new Catholic bishop, 42-year-old Joseph Li Shan, reported to have the approval of both the Vatican and the Chinese government, says he will help the development of a "harmonious society". Government officials in say religion can play an important role in building such a society.

  • September 26, 2007

    There has been a decidedly mixed initial response to the attempt of the Episcopal Church in the USA to reach a compromise over the issue of lesbian and gay blessings and ordinations, with some media commentators hailing it as a refusal to give in and others seeing it as a cave-in.

  • September 26, 2007

    The Mennonite Church USA has taken two significant steps forward in inter-church relations by joining an American-wide ecumenical body and receiving an official apology from Evangelical Lutherans for past persecutions of Anabaptists.

  • September 26, 2007

    A US Christian leader has asked a World Council of Churches peacemaking team visiting the United States for assistance to rid his country of the "scourge" of gun violence during the team's September 2007 visit.

  • September 25, 2007

    At his appearance to say prayers at the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo, Pope Benedict has spoken of the 'blind selfishness' that can result from an over-preoccupation with money. He says capitalism is not the only valid economic system.

  • September 25, 2007

    Opponents of a Bush Library and Institute have vowed to continue their fight within the 11 million member United Methodist Church to deny approval to Southern Methodist University (SMU) to host the Bush complex. They say it dishonours the inclusive Gospel message.