Some of the world's largest Christian organizations united together Thursday to urge Zimbabwe's two rival political parties to immediately fix the country's human rights and humanitarian problems as they begin power-sharing talks.
A group of Buddhist monks and a mob of locals destroyed a church in Sri Lanka and attacked the pastor earlier this month, adding to the already escalating anti-Christian violence in the south Asia country.
A humanitarian disaster affecting 15 million people in the Horn of Africa is imminent unless funds are provided for supplies, an the World Food Program alerted Tuesday. The aid agency said $403 million is urgently needed.
The European Union decided Tuesday to toughen sanctions against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to pressure him into sharing power with the opposition as the two rival parties prepared to discuss the possibility of a coalition government.
Leaders of the Baptist World Alliance are deliberating a proposal to restructure the organization to be more globally representative at its annual conference being held this week in the Czech Republic.
Zimbabwe's two main political parties signed an agreement Monday to hold formal talks that seek to end political violence and establish some sort of coalition government.
Egypt's deepening Christian-Muslim division has recently stirred international concern, but a new big-budget film seeks a lighter approach to the serious topic.
The chairman of the Federation House Church and his wife were recently forced to live on the streets following repeated harassment and intimidation by government authorities, reported a Chinese persecution watchdog group.
An eternal God does not need to be defended using human violence, said the Archbishop of Canterbury this week in response to a letter by Muslim leaders and scholars. Dr. Rowan Williams was referring to Christian-Muslim relations as he responded to a historic letter.
Religious leaders at the historic Saudi-organized interfaith conference that ended Friday called for an international pact to combat terrorism. They asked the U.N. General Assembly to call a special session to help foster dialogue between "followers of religions, civilizations and cultures" and prevent "a clash of civilizations."
A human rights group requested on Wednesday that President Bush wear a "Free North Koreans" wristband during the Beijing Olympics to show solidarity with North Korean refugees who are harshly treated by Chinese authorities.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said Wednesday at the start of an interfaith conference that religion should not be blamed for history's conflict, but rather extremism. "My brothers, we must tell the world that differences don't need to lead to disputes," Abdullah said.
Senator John McCain said he opposes allowing gay couples to adopt children, but his campaign clarified Tuesday that the Republican presidential candidate believes the issue should be left to states to decide following criticisms from gay rights groups.
The heads of Christian bodies in Zimbabwe voiced their "deep concern" this week over the country's continuous downward spiral following the disputed national elections. Church leaders lamented that the political, security, economic and human rights situation are all deteriorating.
An ecumenical Christian group applauded the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for filing genocide charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday.
The hundreds of thousands of religious youths who gathered in Sydney Tuesday for World Youth Day are not anomalies as commonly believed, but rather they exemplify their generation's great interest in religion, a new study revealed.
President Bush pledged to maintain pressure on China for its religious freedom violations in his speech Monday in honor of the 10th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act. "We remember those seeking religious freedom in China."
Life-sized Jesus Christ statues will go on display throughout the streets of Sydney, Australia, beginning Tuesday to coincide with the opening of World Youth Day.
An ambitious prayer campaign is counting 1 billion prayers to end extreme poverty. The Billion Prayer March is collecting prayers, each of which will represent a person living in extreme poverty in the world, according to countingprayers.org.
Iowa faith leaders are calling for immigration reform laws that would treat immigrant workers humanely in response to recent incidents involving immigrant workers in the state.
Zimbabwe's two rival political parties entered their second day of talks on Friday following last month's "sham" presidential runoff election.
A former Muslim who converted to Christianity is being held by Iran's secret police on suspicion of "apostasy," or leaving Islam, according to a report Wednesday.
The eight richest nations pledged Tuesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. It marked the first time Group of Eight member the United States, under the Bush administration, has publicly agreed to an explicit long-term carbon cut target.
The divide between Egypt's Coptic Christian community and the Muslim majority is growing bigger as an increasing number of Christians are cutting ties with Muslim neighbors and turning to the Church for all their social needs.
President Bush urged fellow Group of Eight as well as African leaders Monday to back a U.N. sanction on Zimbabwe as punishment for what he denounced as a "sham" election last month by Robert Mugabe.