Daniel Blake

Christian Post Contributor

250 Million Christians Will Be Persecuted in 2007

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.

Theologians to Engage in 'Cruelty' Debate

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.

Episcopal Proposals for Oversight Draws Conflicting Responses

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, Catholic Delegates Gather in Rome

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.

WCC Head to Lead Delegation on China Visit

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 Kobia’s first visit to China as the WCC general secretary.

Anglican Head Begins Two-Week China Tour

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.

Churches Call for Sri Lanka to Resume Peace Negotiations

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.

EU Ministers Debate Over Stem Cell Research Funding Ban

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 Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, many EU nations are fully opposed to the studies.