World News

  • January 20, 2007

    A group of US clergy and lay people have launched an online petition drive to urge the Southern Methodist University to drop its current bid to house the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which they say will link the respected institutional too closely with the profile of a politician whose policies have been actively opposed by many mainstream American Christians - and who has consciously rebuffed UMC leaders.

  • January 19, 2007

    Ceremonies in Nairobi's Holy Family Roman Catholic Basilica and All Saints Anglican Cathedral, together with a procession from one to the other church, are part of events being organized by the All Africa Conference of Churches/Caritas Ecumenical Platform to mark the opening of the 7th World Social Forum (WSF).

  • January 19, 2007

    When Russians celebrated the Julian calendar's New Year on 14 January 2007, they concluded an extended Christmas holiday with a particular significance for religion in their country - reports Sophia Kishkovsky from Moscow for Ecumenical News International.

  • January 19, 2007

    A half-million US dollars to counter world hunger, and to give substance to a commitment the UN Millennium Development Goals, was raised in 2006 by the Global Food Crisis Fund and the growing projects it spawned through the Foods Resource Bank - reports the Church of the Brethren, an Anabaptist denomination which sponsors the anti-poverty work.

  • January 19, 2007

    Christians from across the region joined a Chinese monk from the Trappist order, the Rev Nicholas Kao Se-tsean, who is believed to be one of the world's oldest Roman Catholic priests, as he celebrated a remarkable 110th birthday with family and friends in Hong Kong - reports Francis Wong for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • January 19, 2007

    Online members of FaithfulAmerica.org, an alliance of progressive US Christians and other religious believers, have been writing their own 'Faithful State of the Union' address in anticipation of next Tuesday's annual report to the nation from the president, George W. Bush.

  • January 18, 2007

    The Pope has offered prayers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins today, focusing on Christian-Jewish relations.

  • January 18, 2007

    The scientists who mind the Doomsday Clock yesterday moved it two minutes closer to midnight, which symbolizes the annihilation of civilization, adding the perils of global warming for the first time to acute nuclear threats.

  • January 17, 2007

    Jane Fonda, Jesse Jackson, US Congressman Ed Markey, and American Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein have joined with a broad alliance of reformers - including religious organisations - to demand equal access and fair ownership of media provision.

  • January 17, 2007

    The general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), the Rev Dr Mvume Dandala, has used the occasion of a major theological conference to call for practical steps towards reconciliation and peace in conflict-torn Somalia.