Ethan Cole

Christian Post Reporter

WCC Extends Kobia's Term as General Secretary

The executive committee of the World Council of Churches decided this week during their meeting in Germany to extend the term of their current general secretary, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, until a new leader takes office.

Faith Leaders Ask Iran President to Change

Religious leaders that hosted a highly-criticized dinner for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday asked the fiercely anti-U.S. politician to change his tone when speaking on a number of sensitive topics.

Protest Mounts ahead of Iranian President's U.S. Visit

Anti-U.S. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should expect some hostility from Americans this week when he visits the U.N. headquarters in New York. Pro-democracy Iranian-Americans and other citizens will unite in a protest rally outside the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday.

Moderate Algeria, Jordan New Spots of Islamic Fundamentalism

Two Muslim-majority countries that traditionally have been respectful of minority faiths were highlighted by the U.S. State Department for their growing religious intolerance. Sunni-dominated Algeria and Jordan had several reported cases of government imposed restriction on religious freedom.

Churches to Unite in Int'l Prayer for Peace

Hundreds of churches and Christian organizations around the world will pray for peace this Sunday on International Day of Prayer for Peace. In the United States alone, nearly 140 congregations and Christian groups are organizing public prayer events.

Iran's Apostasy Death Penalty Raises U.S. Concern

An Iranian bill that would punish apostasy with death has drawn the condemnation of a U.S. religious freedom body, which calls on the United States and other governments to quickly speak out against the proposed law ahead of its soon expected final approval by Iran's parliament.

Web Campaign Fights Brutal Regime in Burma

An online campaign by a Christian rights group was launched Wednesday to raise public awareness and press for political change in Burma, which has one of the world's most brutal military regimes known for using violence to silence critics and for its ethnic cleansing campaign.

Delegation Aims to Reconcile Georgia, Russia Churches

A delegation from the World Council of Churches began its five-day visit to member churches in Georgia and Russia on Wednesday with the goal to facilitate harmony between the two Christian communities despite their countries' current political conflict.