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November 30, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has issued a call to world leaders to take action to accelerate a decline in new HIV infections through activism that promotes prevention measures. "HIV prevention activism is...

August 4, 2010

The World Council of Churches has reaffirmed the vision of a world without nuclear weapons, in marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing in 1945 of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. "Sixty-five years on, nuclear bombs still threaten...

July 7, 2010

Church-backed campaigners on water issues say they have received a boost from a global body representing 80 million Protestants that has called on its members to support access to water as a basic human right. "Preserving the world...

June 25, 2010

The head of the World Council of Churches has appealed to world leaders gathering in Canada to ensure that long-term development assistance is provided for Haiti, still reeling from a devastating January earthquake. "There is a great...

June 1, 2010

Palestinian Christian organizations have urged protests by church groups around the world against an Israeli assault on ships bringing aid to Gaza, which Israel says has led to the deaths of at least 10 activists on board the convoy. The...

January 15, 2010

Representatives of Middle Eastern Anglican, Lutheran and Reformed churches, meeting in Harissa, Lebanon, have voted unanimously in favor of the ordination of women as pastors. "This is historic and allows us to move forward in a...

December 7, 2009

The life of Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, an English Presbyterian who was instrumental in the creation of the united Church of South India and who played a key role in the World Council of Churches, is being commemorated 100 years after his...

July 22, 2009

Two bishops of the (Anglican) Church of England have warned the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden that agreeing to expand the concept of marriage to include same-gender couples risks creating "immediate and negative" consequences for ecumenical...

May 14, 2009

Christians in Europe are marking 20 years since a gathering of virtually all of the continent's churches in Switzerland that they say became a symbol of overcoming a crumbling Iron Curtain. "In 1989, Europe was changing," said...

February 2, 2009

Churches in Brazil have backed a provision in the newly-passed Bolivian constitution describing water as a "fundamental human right" that may not be controlled by private companies and they say other nations should follow suit....

January 27, 2009

The World Social Forum offers churches and social movements the opportunity to forge common cause to change global economic and financial policies, say religious representatives attending the gathering in Belem, northeastern Brazil....

January 27, 2009

The rise of movements such as the World Social Forum, which aims to promote an alternative to exploitative globalization, mark a search for spiritual values that can provide a new agenda for 21st century Christianity, a South Korean...

December 1, 2008

Some Christian and Muslim leaders in Africa have admitted that their actions to combat HIV and AIDS have not in all cases been sufficient to match the scale of the challenge.   "We have not always risen to the occasion to...

October 7, 2008

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has commended Christian communicators for support that helped liberate his country from minority white rule, and has appealed for their continued assistance in the post-apartheid era....

February 7, 2008

The main governing body of the World Council of Churches, its central committee, is meeting in Geneva from February 13-20 during which it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1948 founding of what is now the world's largest Christian...

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