World News

  • October 3, 2006

    Russia's school year began recently with debate raging about the appropriateness and efficacy of a course on Orthodox Christian culture amid reports that four regions were making it mandatory and another 11 introducing it as an optional subject – writes Sophia Kishkovsky for Ecumenical News International.

  • October 3, 2006

    Amish communities across the United States are in shock after a gunman yesterday shot dead at least three girls and injured seven others before killing himself in an attack on one of their schools in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. It is feard the casulaty list will increase

  • October 3, 2006

    Two senior United States church leaders have sent out a clear message to the White House and the religious right that God cannot be co-opted as a ‘warrior divinity’ serving national or sectional i

  • September 27, 2006

    Some 45 religious leaders from Christian and Muslim faith backgrounds met with the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on 20 September 2006, in an open discussion about the role religious communities can play in reversing the deepening crisis between Iran and the United States ñ writes Mark Beach, communications director of the North American relief and development agency Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

  • September 22, 2006

    A leading US peace church theologian believes that Christian leaders might be able to assist a constructive dialogue around Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadís recent letter to US President George W. Bush.

  • September 20, 2006

    The discovery of hundreds of US-made cluster bombs among the tens of thousands of unexploded munitions carpeting the south of Lebanon, has led to calls on Washington to impose a moratorium on sales of the weapons to Israel reports the Independent newspaper.

  • September 20, 2006

    The religious basis of peace, non-violence and reconciliation in a plural world was one of the main discussion points at a recent meeting of faith leaders in the light of the fifth year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York.

  • September 20, 2006

    As the US Congress debates the meaning of provisions of the Geneva Convention, religious and human rights leaders are repeating their plea to eliminate torture as a tool of American policy.

  • September 8, 2006

    The Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations has called for a moratorium on submunitions, otherwise known as 'scatterable mines' or 'cluster bombs'.

  • August 29, 2006

    While much US media attention is focused on Tropical Storm Ernesto (currently pounding the Caribbean) which could hit Florida and Cuba with force later this week, churches and development agencies are assessing the impact of a year of destruction, chaos and despair on the Gulf Coast.