World News

  • December 22, 2006

    The Israeli separation wall is "a sign of all that is wrong in the human heart", the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said today in Bethlehem - calling for bridges rather than barriers to deal with problems of violence and division.

  • December 22, 2006

    A Bolivian NGO backed by church and other development groups has almost totally eradicated death-in-childbirth and significantly diminished infant mortality in one of the poorest regions of the country.

  • December 21, 2006

    Australia's religious communities have united to call for urgent action on climate change at a time when the country is facing its worst drought on record - writes Mathhew Fenwick for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 21, 2006

    The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has handed over more than £600,000 for emergency projects to help people devastated by drought in Afghanistan, as part of a global relief effort.

  • December 21, 2006

    Christians in Japan say the government has debased the country's peace-seeking constitution after the upper chamber of parliament approved the promotion of patriotism in the classroom by changing the country's education law - writes Hisashi Yukimoto for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 21, 2006

    The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan federal agency which operates independently of government, has said it is is very concerned about the situation facing many Catholics in China - especially those in unrecognised congregations.

  • December 20, 2006

    Catholic bishops in Kenya yesterday (19 Decemer 2006)issued a pastoral letter urging clergy to stay away from involvement in partisan politics - writes Francis Njuguna.

  • December 20, 2006

    In a symbolic act of ending the year that began with the first World Council of Churches general assembly in Latin America, WCC central committee moderator the Rev Dr Walter Altmann visited an interactive exhibition on domestic violence in downtown Porto Alegre/Brazil earlier this month (December 2006).

  • December 20, 2006

    Though their government plays a determinative role in the region, most Americans are not too sure about where Bethlehem is and who lives there. Many believe that is an Israeli town inhabited by a mixture of Jews and Muslims, a pre-Christmas survey of US perceptions of the city has shown - reports Independent Catholic News.

  • December 19, 2006

    Women have borne the brunt of the cruel devastation of war in the Congo and still
    live with huge scars ‚Ä' writes Judy Amunga of Nairobi, Kenya, who participated in a recent Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to the East of the country.