Killers in Kuwait, Tunisia, France attacks 'want to divide religions'

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches has said that those responsible for killer attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia and France are trying to promote strife between people of different faiths and religious traditions.

Dalai Lama joins Glastonbury festival, urges world demilitarization

By Miko Morelos

The Dalai Lama came to Britain's famous Glastonbury festival to speak of peace and call for world demilitarization, getting more attention that Kanye West. "If the Dalai Lama was the most talked-about appearance at the festival, then Kanye West was the most controversial."

Hiroshima and Nagasaki pilgrimage to seek action to end nuclear threats

By Peter Kenny

A group from the World Council of Churches is to embark on a pilgrimage two the only two cities in the world ever attacked with atomic bombs – Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

Buddhist monks' bid to ban Muslim headscarves heightens Myanmar tensions

By Miko Morelos

Tensions between Myanmar's ruling Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority are simmering again after an influential group of hardline monks pitched for a ban on headscarves worn by Muslim schoolgirls.

US Episcopal Church chooses first black presiding bishop

By Peter Kenny

The U.S. Episcopal Church has elected its first black presiding bishop in Salt Lake City, where the Anglican denomination is discussing its stance on same-sex marriage, the Israel-Palestine issue and gun violence.

World Lutheran body votes not to invest in fossil fuels

By Peter Kenny

The Lutheran World Federation has announced that it will not invest in fossil fuels joining other church, civic and faith-related bodies acting on their commitments to climate justice.

If N. Ireland pastor who said Islam is 'satanic' is jailed, Muslim cleric 'will join' him

By Peter Kenny

An imam in Northern Ireland is vowing to go to jail with a pastor if he is convicted for describing Islam as "satanic", and a Catholic priest has branded a pending court case as "absurd".

Pope Francis says work with World Council of Churches 'must continue'

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis says that dialogue with the World Council of Churches that began 50 years ago "must continue" despite divisions that inhibit Christian unity.

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