End foreign military interventions in Syria says World Council of Churches

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches has expressed grave concern over the dramatic escalation of the conflict in Syria and called for an end to foreign military intervention.

Pope Francis had positive impact on American views of Catholic Church, survey shows

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis generated goodwill toward the Roman Catholic Church among many people across the political and religious spectrum in his recent visit to the United States giving the church a shot in the arm, a new Pew Research Center survey finds.

Christians and Muslims forge plan to work closer together in Nigeria

By Peter Kenny

Christian and Muslim groups have met in Switzerland to plan how to work together at a new inter-religious center working for healing and reconciliation in Nigeria set to launch in March 2016.

Interfaith work vital for Nigerian churches' leader from the North

By Peter Kenny

For Nigerian churches' leader Rev. Ibrahim Yusuf Wushishi from the country's troubled north ecumenical relations have to include interfaith cooperation in a nation where Christians and Muslims are almost equal numerically.

Saudi clerics declare jihad on Russia, and accuse America

By Peter Kenny

It was a statement harkening back to the war against the Soviet Union 36 years ago in Afghanistan, when 55 Saudi Wahhabi clerics signed a call for jihad against Russia for its military intervention in Syria, says the Brookings Institute.

Iranian President Rouhani's takes flak for 'prisoner swap' talk

By Peter Kenny

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is often viewed in the West as the moderate face of the Islamic republic's leadership. But he is copping flak from groups representing religious groups and people after he spoke at the United Nations in New York.

South African provincial leader says Christian holiday will not go

By Peter Kenny

The premier of South Africa's most populous Gauteng province has told a gathering of faith based organizations the government has no plan to scrap the Easter holidays, but it may seek to regulate churches.

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