Around 250 million Christians worldwide will face persecution in 2007, simply for following Jesus Christ, according to persecution watchdog Release International. In particular the U.K.-based group found that persecution is growing the fastest in the Muslim world.
Global church leaders gave their New Year messages as the world greeted 2007, urging Christians to feel a hunger for justice and pray for peace.
World renowned evangelist Billy Graham described former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford as one of his closest friends, following the death of the much adored figure-head.
A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been organized for 2007. Jointly prepared since 1968 by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated Jan. 18-25 or, in the Southern hemisphere, on other dates.
The Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) tackled issues of sex trafficking and other acts of cruelty at a theological consultation on cruelty in Puidoux, Switzerland.
Twenty-five theologians from all over the world will gather near Lausanne, Switzerland, on 5 to 8 December, to debate why and to what extent cruelty can be considered as a new theme for theological reflection.
The spiritual head of the 77-million member worldwide Anglican Communion said that he is glad to see that an Episcopal meeting in New York to consider the questions raised by requests for alternative primatial oversight had produced imaginative proposals that potentially represent a very significant development.
Anglican and Roman Catholic delegations have gathered in Rome this week for the historic meeting of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Pope Benedict XVI, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Anglican Center in Rome.
The head of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, is set to lead an ecumenical delegation on a visit to China this week. The historic visit will take place Nov. 15-22 and will be Kobias first visit to China as the WCC general secretary.
The Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren is slated to release two new titles this month ahead of a second global summit on AIDS.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, recently spoke of China's immense potential in working to solve the world's problems.
The spiritual head of the 77-million-member Anglican Communion is having his first direct encounter with China this week, which he began by delivering a sermon to an invitation-only congregation of 300 people in Shanghai.
Leaders from the worlds largest network of evangelical Christian relief and development agencies have declared that local churches worldwide must realize their full potential to become agents of peace and reconciliation in communities broken apart by war and violence across the globe.
Bishops within the Anglican Communion in Southern Africa have called for the worldwide church to choose to remain united as the threat of a split looms over the issue of homosexuality.
Representatives from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) returned this week from a fact-finding visit to Kachin State in northern Burma, citing fresh evidence of extreme violations of religious freedom and human rights, particularly against the largely Christian ethnic group there.
A global Christian ecumenical body has called on the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam to respect the terms and conditions of the 2002 ceasefire agreement, put an immediate end to all hostilities and resume peace negotiations without future delay.
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has issued an urgent call for a comprehensive ecumenical response to bring about long-term peace in the Middle East.
The World Evangelical Alliance opened a new office in Geneva, Switzerland this week as part of long-term efforts to strengthen the voice of the Persecuted Church, as well as to influence world leaders in the neighboring United Nations.
European Union ministers are gathered in Brussels today to decide on whether to block EU funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Although scientists are promoting the research as a potential method to treat diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons, many EU nations are fully opposed to the studies.
The Archbishop of York has called for England to fight potential suicide bombers with love.
The Church of England General Synod officially approved the concept of women bishops as "theologically justified" by 288 votes to 119 in York this weekend.