World News

  • February 14, 2007

    Tackling poverty and witnessing to the Gospel message are among the first shared concerns of the newly constituted Christian Churches Together in the USA, a pan-church body which celebrated its official launch in Pasadena, California, at a 6-9 February 2007 gathering.

  • February 14, 2007

    While diplomatic and military rhetoric in the exchanges between the United States and Iranian senior politicians remains heated, thirteen Christian leaders from the USA are preparing for a visit to Iran next week (17-25 February 2007) ‚Ä' with the aim of building bridges rather than stoking conflict.

  • February 14, 2007

    The mayor of Jerusalem has suspended renovations near a compound housing the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the municipality is to submit new plans for a walkway leading to the holy site - writes Annette Young from Jerusalem for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • February 14, 2007

    A warm East African welcome met Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams when he arrived in Tanzania yesterday (13 February 2007) for a crucial Anglican Primates' meeting ‚Ä' but a gay Christian leader from Nigeria had a different experience, being interrogated for several hours before being given a visa.

  • February 14, 2007

    Archbishop Peter Akinola, scourge of lesbian and gay people and their supporters in the worldwide Anglican Communion, had an unexpected Valentines Day encounter today ‚Ä' with the head of an organization that embodies the concerns of a group he has previously suggested do not exist, gay Christians in Nigeria.

  • February 13, 2007

    The head of the world's largest inter-Christian body says that the role of churches in combating prejudice and offering an alternative vision of justice and peace is a key component of their Gospel calling

  • February 13, 2007

    The largest Christian gathering in Asia is taking place in India this week. The 112th Maramon Convention, which runs through to 18 February 2007 in Kerala, is organized annually by the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association, the mission and evangelism wing of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar ‚Ä' which has roots in both the Anglican and Orthodox traditions.

  • February 13, 2007

    Amid confusion about who will play a role at the global Anglican Primates meeting in Tanzania this week ‚Ä' with reports that even the evangelical Dr John Sentamu is unacceptable to hardliners gathered around Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola ‚Ä' a UK-based broad church organization has declared ‚ÄúEnough is Enough‚Äù.

  • February 13, 2007

    More than 70 percent of the world's population define themselves as people of faith, and faith-based organizations are involved in more than a quarter of care and treatment projects world-wide on HIV and AIDS, according to the head of a Geneva church-based advocacy group ‚Ä' writes Peter Kenny for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • February 12, 2007

    During his childhood in East Africa, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, now general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), recalls that he used to see from his home the snow-topped peaks of Mount Kenya in the distance - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News International (ENI).