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  • 19. March 13

    Ecumenical presence at papal installation

    The WCC general secretary joined prominent religious and political leaders from around the world attending the mass in which Pope Francis, the new pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, was installed on 19 March at the Vatican in Rome. Ecumenical leaders present at the installation included Bartholomew I, the first Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to attend a papal installation since the schism of 1054.

  • 19. March 13

    Commission on mission and evangelism prepares for WCC assembly

    To strengthen Christian mission and witness, it is essential to evolve creative ways of implementing a new statement on mission, issued last year by the WCC, in the lives of churches.

  • 18. March 13

    Global data upend usual picture of Christianity trends

    Despite a century-long decline, religious affiliation has shown a marked resurgence globally since 1970. Both Christianity and Islam make up growing segments of the world’s population. Africa and China have witnessed the most marked religious change.

  • 18. March 13

    Theological education initiatives at WCC assembly

    The upcoming WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, will present an opportunity for sustained ecumenical formation and theological education.

  • 15. March 13

    A church that listens fosters healthy communities

    “A church has to embrace its sick, go out in the world, and work with its people to heal the communities,” said Dr Erlinda N. Senturias from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, in an interview.

  • 15. March 13

    WCC issues statement on peace and security in Latin America

    The WCC Executive Committee has expressed deep concern about the alarming increase in threats to human security in Latin America. In its statement the committee has called for renewed efforts by churches to ensure peaceful and just societies.

  • 14. March 13

    Latin American ecumenical leaders react to new pope

    Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, archbishop of Buenos Aires, has made history as the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church from Latin America, from the Jesuit order, and the first to adopt the name of Francis, inspired by St Francis of Assisi. His election has invoked diverse reactions from ecumenical leaders in the Latin America region.

  • 13. March 13

    WCC general secretary congratulates new pope

    The WCC general secretary has expressed ecumenical greetings and an assurance of continuing engagement with the Roman Catholic Church in the era of its new pontiff, Pope Francis.

  • 12. March 13

    Clergy sexual abuse raised as issue at UN meeting

    At a time of widespread scandals over clergy sex abuse, the WCC and the World Student Christian Federation have called for professional standards of clergy accountability at an international forum on violence against women.

  • 12. March 13

    Pacific Conference of Churches resolutions welcomed by WCC

    The 10th Assembly of the Pacific Conference of Churches, meeting from 3 to 10 March in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, adopted a series of resolutions on public issues ranging from climate change and resettlement, through seabed mining and nuclear weaponry, to the self-determination of West Papua and Maohi Nui (or Tahiti).