A front-line worker tackling poverty in Peru has talked of his ‘sadness’ at the modest progress made in the past week at climate change talks in Brussels and Poznan, warning that without stronger action from the West ‘millions of poor people will be abandoned to the escalating


Senator Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States of America, the first African-American to hold the post. Celebrations have begun in the USA and across the world for what is seen as a moment of historic change.

The victory became clear at 11pm US

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A year of events to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestant reformer Jean Calvin is being launched in Geneva, a cradle of the Protestant Reformation. 

"I hope the legacies of Jean Calvin will be a source of

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Leaders of churches and related organizations have warned on World Food Day that the global financial crisis may have even more drastic consequences for the world's poorest people than for its major economic centres. 

"The global credit crisis will have

Already one of the poorest countries in the world, the Caribbean island nation of Haiti has this year been devastated not only by spiralling food prices but, in more recent times, the destructive force of a series of tropical storms and hurricanes which have torn through the island country.


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Motilal Pradhan and two of his younger brothers look fit enough to take on any challengers. Still, the three men, two of whom are soldiers in the Indian army, say they were able to do little to save their 35-year-old disabled youngest brother, whom, they

Baguio City, The Philippines

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A Filipino army officer, who served in the line of fire in the fight against Muslim secessionist rebels in southern Philippines, says he realised that somehow the cycle of violence must end,

Mexico City
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Dr Peter Piot, the executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency UNAIDS since its creation in 1995, has praised the work of faith-based organizations in the campaign against HIV/AIDS, and said his own attitude to religion has changed over

The week long celebration known as World Youth Day came to an end Sunday as more than 400,000 pilgrims packed into Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse to see Pope Benedict XVI celebrate the event’s final Mass.

It was the largest Catholic Mass ever held in Australia and, while initial expectations had been

About 80 performers took part in the three hour Stations of the Cross on Friday as part of the World Youth Day celebrations. The re-enactment took place over 13 stages - starting with the Last Supper and culminating with Jesus' body being brought down

Geneva/Cape Town
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A leader of the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe has urged the international community to intervene in the southern African nation, following the decision of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to withdraw from the presidential runoff, citing escalating violence against his supporters. 

"We need peace

Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader decided Sunday, 22nd June, to pull out of next week's presidential run-off after reports of intimidation and a ban on foreign aid groups which also impact thousands of Christians in the country.

In a statement, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)

Global refugee numbers have hit an historic high with the United Nations saying there were as as many as 11.4 million refugees worldwide and a further 26 million people displaced internally by conflict or persecution at the end of last year.

Key factors have included

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More than 40 key lead ers from around the globe will be traveling to Uganda - a refugee “hot spot” - to stand in solidarity with suffering refugees, and join together with the African church on World Refugee Sunday.

World Refugee Sunday 2008 promoted by the

Relief agencies have joined with governments around the world in cautiously welcomed news Burmese authorities have agreed to open up the nation to international aid assistance.

Late last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the country’s leader, Senior General Than Shwe, had agreed to allow international aid workers into




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