To be a member of the pacifist Society of Friends (Quakers) and a member of the South African Communist Party may seem contradictory to some of her compatriots. But Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, until recently South Africa's deputy health minister, sees no anomaly.
New research published by academics based at the University of East London indicates that the demographic patterns in Britain's capital are in some cases shaped more by religious and cultural identity than by categories of race and ethnicity.
An international interfaith conference on HIV/AIDS held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has called on religious leaders throughout the world to use their places of worship, and educational and health facilities to help in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The devastating multiple bomb attacks against the minority Yazidi community in northern Iraq on 14 August 2007 may have claimed up to 400 lives, the Iraqi interior ministry claimed today - as the grim task of digging out bodies continues. Once again the Kurds and a religious minority are the victims.
India gained independence through nonviolence, but partition involved much brutality, says Savi Hensman. Independence means embracing peace and justice in spite of intolerant ideologies, both religious and secular.
In recent years South Korean churches have come to be known for their spectacular growth rate, the fastest of any Asian nation. Less known is the role Korea's churches have played in working for peace and reunification of their divided country.
Church leaders in Kenya have urged President Mwai Kibaki to reject proposed legislation regarding the media, which the country's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai, has said would curtail press freedom.
In an interview with Juan Michel of the WCC, a prominent Iraqi Christian shares his views on the situation in the violence-plagued country. He assesses the situation with realism, but also with hope for peace with justice.
African religious leaders have heard that gender-based violence is increasingly becoming a weapon of war in the continent's trouble spots, with some saying sacred scriptures are being used to justify violence in general.