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Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, officials have returned to a church in what was East Berlin, where protests of candlelit prayers helped bring down communism in East Germany. 

Germany's political and church leaders marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has told leaders from the world's major faiths that they occupy a "unique position" in future discussion on the fate of the planet, and that their communities count on this crucial issue. 

His words came on 3rd

The Australian Christian Lobby will continue its campaign against the introduction of a national Human Rights Act despite the recommendations of the National Human Rights Consultation Committee that such an act be introduced.

Chaired by Father Frank Brennan, the committee last week handed down its report in which it recommended

United Nations delegates are demanding better coordination between UN rescue teams and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) during natural disasters such as the recent earthquake in Indonesia.

The appeal came at a regional conference in Budapest, Hungary of the UN's International Search And Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), a global

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, citing nuclear weaponry, has told Japanese university students that the rationality of secular thinking does not assure "understanding and reconciliation". 

Archbishop Rowan Williams was on a week's visit to Japan timed to coincide with the 150th


The global financial crisis is a golden opportunity for a movement for economic justice according to a South African businesswoman and political economist.

Dr Mohau Pheko, coordinator of the African Gender and Trade Network (GENTA), told a gathering of theologians, advocates, economists and senior church officials in


The Church of Scotland has praised the decision by the Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill, which means the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, has been released from prison on compassionate grounds.

But there are deep frustrations that the end of al-Megrahi's appeal and

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Protestant Christians are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jean Calvin, the French-born church reformer who inspired a movement that now has tens of millions of adherents worldwide.

Calvin was born on 10th July, 1509, at Noyon in northern France, and is known

The United States' and Russia’s preliminary agreement to cut their nations’ stockpiles of nuclear arms has been hailed as a “step forward on the difficult but essential journey that the world must take to free itself from the spectre of self-destruction”, by the World Council

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Former US President Jimmy Carter has told Christian leaders in Jerusalem he sees "new hope" for the peace process in the Middle East. 

"His analysis is that there is a new hope for the peace process given the new US administration's determination to press seriously


Resisting pressure from both Israeli hard-liners and those antagonistic to the Israeli state, the visiting Pope Benedict XVI has come out in support of a genuine Palestinian homeland and has condemned equally both anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics has used


As he heads to what could be a sea of controversy in Israel-Palestine, Pope Benedict XVI's Middle East trip has been marked by a strong message of reconciliation and affirmation of hard-pressed historic Christian communities in the region.

In particular, he has addressed 40,000 Catholics in Jordan -

Members of the church-backed Ecumenical Water Network are urging that water be affirmed as a "basic human right" by government delegations meeting in Istanbul at the World Water Forum. 

"The right to water and sanitation is firmly grounded in international human rights law," said a statement signed by EWN members

The Australian Government’s decision to overturn a ban on using foreign aid for abortion funding has sparked a sharp response from some Christian organisations.

The Australian Christian Lobby, which had pressed the government not to overturn the ban, said Christians were dismayed at the decision.

Managing director Jim Wallace says

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Olympian of the Century, Carl Lewis, presented an Australian couple, Mark and Delma Tronson, an international award at a glittering event held the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott ballroom on 16th February.

The Lay Witnesses for Christ award was for their services over 27 years to

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