World News

  • December 6, 2006

    England and Wales Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams have announced plans for an Advent visit to Bethlehem and East Jerusalem, reports Independent Catholic News.

  • December 6, 2006

    Church leaders in India, aware that Christian institutions are responsible for running many of the country's medical facilities, are deeply concerned that the world's second-most populous nation now has the most people with HIV and AIDS - writes Anto Akkara for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 6, 2006

    A range of church and development agencies, including the UK-based Christian Aid, are making emergency funds available to on-the-ground organisations dealing with the aftermath of last weeks typhoon in the Philippines.

  • December 6, 2006

    Pope Benedict XVI says he is looking to increased cooperation between Christians, and a stepped-up dialogue with Muslims, following his four-day visit to Turkey - writes Luigi Sandri for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 5, 2006

    The Vatican has issued a strong statement against the episcopal ordination of Fr John Wang Renlei on 30 November 2006, at Xuzhou in the province of Jiangsu, China.

  • December 5, 2006

    As Christmas approaches, Australian families are turning to church financial counsellors in increasing numbers who say that a new set of families has emerged who need help: those with steady income, but unmanageable debts.

  • December 4, 2006

    Former Iraq hostages, James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden, will arrive in the UK this week to be reunited with fellow captive Norman Kember, and issue a statement concerning their alleged captors who may face the death penalty.

  • December 4, 2006

    Bishop David J. H. Lai of Taiwan paid his first official visit to mainland China this week, meeting with state officials in Beijing, exchanging information with new friends in Nanjing and Shanghai, and emphasizing the need for harmonious relationships - a message that resonantes with the country's official Protestant churches in their post-denominational era.

  • December 4, 2006

    Jim Wallis, a well-known progressive evangelical leader who has challenged the US religious right on their own turf, has taken the opportunity to give a national radio broadcast commending a broad and inclusive moral agenda rather than the sectarian divisions which some faith groups have been stirring up.

  • December 3, 2006

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has warned of the alarming impact of the AID-HIV pandemic and its actual and potential impact on women and young people, especially.