The World Council of Churches has denounced the killing of a second Korean Christian hostage in Afghanistan, while Korean Presbyterians have called on the US and Afghanistan to negotiate the freeing of the hostages with the Taliban.
The killing of a second Korean Christian hostage in Afghanistan has led the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) to make an urgent call for prayer among the world's different Christian communities.
The National Council of Churches in Korea has said that all "missionary activity in Afghanistan, where abductions and dangers to life continue, must be stopped," says the Japanese online edition of JoongAng Daily.
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.
Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to the international community to be 'swift and generous' in dispatching aid to people of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the weekend's devastating earthquake.