Hong Kong Catholic leader visits China

Hong Kong s leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Joseph Zen was last week able to visit his hometown of Shanghai un China. The invitation to Bishop Zen  to visit China was extended by the Chinese authorities. The Bishop who was banned from China in 1998 said to BBC news that he hoped hid trip marked the start of a dialogue with China. China restricts  Catholics to worship in State sanctioned churches and bans all contact with the Vatican.

 

Christians attack Muslims in Nigeria

In Nigeria, fighters from a predominantly Christian Tarok tribe has attacked and killed hundreds people, burning mosques and destroying homes  from the predominantly  Muslim Hausa town of Yelwa. Although the motives are unclear the attack came a week after Hausas launched an attack on the Tarok village of Kawo, burning churches and inflicting an unknown number of casualties. Since January, violence has surged, and according to police and civic groups, hundreds have been killed  in the region. Religious, ethnic and political enmities have fuelled outbreaks of communal bloodletting resulting in more than 10,000 killed since 1999.

Zimbabwe church leaders at odds over land reform programme

Church leaders in Zimbabwe are divided over whether to give total support to the controversial land reform programme of President Robert Mugabe. According to Ecumenical News International The Rev. Andrew Wutawunashe, immediate past president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, has urged the Zimbabwe government to press ahead with the programme so as "empower the poor". But Bishop Levee Kadenge of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe said it would be difficult for church leaders to give the government "our total support on the land reform programme".

 

Christians pray for Africa at prayer conference

On the continent of Africa reports are that more than 200 million people came together in 50 cities across the continent to pray for Africa. The prayer gatherings were organized by inter-denomination Transformation Africa. According to Transformation Zambia national coordinator Reverend Mpundu Mutala, Christians were praying against challenges facing the content of Africa such as HIV and AIDS and political instability. Rev. Mutala said that HIV and AIDs would only be concoured if people came together and sought Gods mercy, love and care.

 

 survey reveals Christian men unhappy with church

A recent study shows that more than 85% of Christian Men in the US do not feel spiritually challenged. They’re also less likely to take leadership roles at church or set spiritual goals. Nearly 30% of the respondents said they participated in small group bible study and prayer. The study was conducted by the Barna research group and surveyed more than 400 randomly selected men, from 6 major cities, who considered themselves to be born again Christians.

An AIDS crisis might explode in the Philippines

An AIDS crisis might explode in the Philippines here is Methyl De Vera with that report:

<According to US based Human rights watch, the Philippine government is risking a "possible explosion" of the AIDS virus by pandering to the Catholic Church's strict birth control policy. Human Rights Watch said that while HIV and AIDS infection was relatively low in the country, failure to promote the use of condoms could bring about disaster.  The report states that  "The Philippines faces a possible explosion of HIV/AIDS,"  The report criticised the administration of President Gloria Arroyo for not challenging the Catholic Church, which opposes all birth control, and slammed some local officials for banning condoms from health centres. >

Ecumenical Patriarchate and Greek Orthodox in feud over new bishops

In Greece, government leaders has been drawn into a dispute between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I of Constantinople, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, and the Orthodox Church of Greece. A delegation of four bishops from Patriarch Bartholomeos met Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis to present their side in the dispute. They arrived in Greece from Istanbul for talks apparently aimed at preventing a permanent split between the patriarchate and Greece's Orthodox Church. This according to Ecumenical News International.

Sri Lanka frees 2000 prisoners on religious festival

In Sri Lanka 2 thousand prisoners were freed on a religious festival. The prisoners were given presidential amnesty to mark a Buddhist festival. The majority of the released prisoners were serving short time sentences for failing to pay fines. In Sri Lanka it is customary to release minor offenders on all key religious anniversaries.