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Aid for East Africa Too Slow

The US government says 29,000 children under five years old died between May and July 2011, according to a BBC report.

Was aid for people suffering from drought in East Africa too slow?

Yes, says a new report from two international aid agencies.

According to the report, prepared by Oxfam and Save Children, most rich donor nations waited until the crisis in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya was in full swing last summer before donating a substantial amount of money.

Nigerian Archbishop calls for inter-faith action

From left to right: Prof. Richard Falk, Welly Esau Mandowen and Archbishop Michael Kehinde Stephen at the WCC International Affairs and United Nations Advocacy Week in New York, 2003

Methodist Archbishop Michael Kehinde Stephen of Ibadan, Nigeria has appealed to Christian and Muslim leaders worldwide to act together in the face of extremist violence that threatens to divide Nigerians along religious lines.

Paul Simon's long meandering spiritual journey

Paul Simon: 'Always a spiritual dimension to his work.'

In a career that has spanned half a century, American musician Paul Simon says there's always been a spiritual dimension to his work. But the overt religious references in his most recent album, "So Beautiful or So What," surprised even him. There are songs about God, angels, creation, pilgrimage, prayer and the afterlife, reports Religion News Service.



Christian roots of African movement recalled at centennial celebrations

South African President Jacob Zuma: "But our roots are Christian and they will shine through whatever our present problems."

The Christian roots of the African National Congress (ANC) were cited during weekend celebrations in South Africa marking the centennial of Africa's best known liberation and political movement. More than a dozen African heads of state and representatives from around the world attended to honor the movement that eventually overcame the apartheid system of racial segregation.  

God's new beginning

Linda Matties

 One of the most famous announcements the world has ever heard is stated in this way: “For unto us is born this day ... a Savior.”  It is no accident that the fulcrum of human history rests on a birth narrative.  Given the limitations of human language, we struggle to find the vocabulary for momentous events.  What better metaphor than a birth story! 

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