Thousands of Christians worldwide will unite in prayer for Burma next week as part of global day of prayer for the nation, organisers said.

It comes amid reports that thousands of predominantly Christian Karens have fled their homes amid fresh attacks by government backed troops on their

Aid agencies are scrambling to respond after news that at least 700 people have died after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South American nation of Chile on Saturday.

As many as two million people have reportedly have been affected by the quake and subsequent tsunami.

There has been extensive


The authorities in Haiti have increased their estimate of the number of people killed by the devastating 12 January 2010 earthquake from 212,000 to 230,000, with the final figure likely to be much higher.

Twelve days afterwards, it was believed that 150,000

The World Council of Churches has applauded the decision of G7 nations to cancel Haiti’s debts and urged others to follow suit.

The council’s general secretary, Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has called upon the International Monetary Fund and other international financial institutions to follow the example of the G7

A 6.1 magnitude aftershock rocked Haiti earlier this week in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which devastated the nation on 12th January, estimated to have killed anywhere from between 100,000 and 200,000 people and to have made another 1.5 million homeless.

Damage from the aftershock - centred about

Australians are digging deep for the victims of the Haiti earthquake with child focused agency UNICEF reporting a surge in giving which “which harks back to the extraordinary response by the public” in the wake of the 2004 Asian Boxing Day tsunami.

UNICEF spokesman Martin

RUTH MLAY, World Vision Australia's country program coordinator for Haiti, was in the Caribbean nation when the earthquake hit. Now located about an hour out of the capital, Port-au-Prince, she speaks of her experience in a communication to World Vision staff in Australia on Thursday, 15th January...

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A group of international aid agencies has warned of renewed conflict in southern Sudan if urgent international action is not taken to bolster a five-year-old peace agreement that ended a two-decade civil war. 

"A return to war is by no

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Faith groups have expressed disappointment and anger over the outcome of the United Nations talks on climate change that have ended in Copenhagen, pledging to continue to press for climate justice. 

"With a lack of transparency, the agreement reached this

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Faith groups have expressed disappointment and anger over the outcome of the United Nations talks on climate change that have ended in Copenhagen, pledging to continue to press for climate justice. 

"With a lack of transparency, the agreement reached this

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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




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