World News

  • September 13, 2005

    Christian women activists have joined some Muslim leaders in lambasting a religious edict demanding that Sania Mirza, India's teenage tennis sensation, should wear "Islamic dress", reports Anto Akkara of Ecumenical News International.

  • September 9, 2005

    The Catholic Church in India has announced a new HIV/AIDS policy whose aims include combating prejudice and promoting access to health treatment for people affected by the disease.

  • July 31, 2005

    The international Action of Churches Together (ACT) alliance of relief and development organisations is continuing to respond to the growing famine in Niger - while in the UK a collective Disasters Emergency Committee appeal has been launched

  • June 26, 2005

    With UN secretary general Kofi Annan due to visit Zimbabwe this week to assess the impact of President Robert Mugabe's bulldozing of the property of the urban poor, which has caused international outrage, church agencies inside the country are planning a widespread relief programme.

  • June 9, 2005

    A popular coalition built around indigenous Indians, power workers, peasants and civil movements - including trade unions and radical Catholics - has erupted against years of poverty and inequality in one of Latin America's poorest countries.

  • June 2, 2005

    A new crackdown is underway against Christians in Saudi Arabia, according to reports from several human rights monitors. Recently eight Protestants were arrested and punished, says the Rome-based Catholic news agency Asianews.

  • March 28, 2005

    Following a tradition of Christian non-violent resistance to oppression, a senior Church leader in Zimbabwe has openly called for a peaceful uprising against President Robert Mugabe.

  • January 23, 2005

    Fourteen members of a faith-based organisation - including two high school students - are facing up to six months in prison in the US for their acts of nonviolent civil disobedience calling for closure of the US Army's School of the Americas (SOA).

  • January 17, 2005

    Africa will miss key targets for reducing poverty by more than 100 years, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has said.

  • January 7, 2005

    As Methodist Relief and Development Fund's (MRDF) appeal to aid the victims of the Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami reacthes more than £155,000, the fund is also emphasising its long-term commitment to poverty elsewhere in the world.