World News

  • 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.

  • December 19, 2006

    Mounting casualties among displaced civilians in what the United Nations says is indiscriminate shelling in the war raging in Sri Lanka's east, have spurred churches to join protests demanding an end to the shelling in civilian areas - writes Anto Akkara for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 19, 2006

    As violence continues to make life intolerable for many people in Iraq, Pope Benedict XVI, head of th world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has made an appeal to the international community for direct assistance to those forced to leave their homes as a result of the "dramatic situation" in the country.

  • December 19, 2006

    On the eve of the English church leaders' pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has paid tribute to Shoah survivor and educator Elie Weiesel and has expressed distaste at the revisionist Holocaust Conference which took place last week in Teheran, Iran.