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Bossey Institute mourns death of Anglican Bishop Desire Mukanirwa

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey is mourning the passing of Anglican Bishop Desire Mukanirwa, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Colombia: Human rights being abused under cover of COVID-19

Within the context of confinement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, multifaceted violence persists in Colombia, as well as violations of the rights of social leaders, Indigenous, Afro-Colombian and peasant populations.

Nigerian Christians hail Muslim group's public call to government over Boko Haram

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with an estimated 210 million people, has a distinctive mix of people with almost equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, most of whom get on, living their normal lives intertwined in peace, except when terror strikes.

World Week for Peace highlights creative solidarity, common fragility

Under the theme “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility,” people of faith all over the world are encouraged to demonstrate the power of prayer during the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. This special week of prayer coupled with action is annually held 13 – 21 September and includes the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

WCC stands with United Church of Christ in the Philippines in defending human rights of arrested pastor

As Rev. Dan San Andres Sr, known as a defender of human rights, was arrested a week after the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act was passed in the Philippines, the World Council of Churches (WCC) joined with the bishops of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in calling for justice.

U.S. veterans work for peace on divided Korean peninsula

Throughout 2020, the World Council of Churches (WCC), together with the National Council of Churches in Korea, has been observing a Global Prayer Campaign,“We Pray, Peace Now, End the War.” As part of the campaign, the WCC is sharing personal stories and interviews that inspire others to work for peace. The story below features the perspective of U.S. war veterans, all of whom are also featured in video interviews.

South African Council of Churches hosts webinar: “Conversation on Annexation with Christians in the Holy Land”

With four panelists and a lively discussion, the South African Council of Churches hosted a webinar entitled “Conversation on Annexation with Christians in the Holy Land” on 2 July.

500 million Christians urge G20 to fix broken economic architecture

Four global organizations representing some 500 million Christians have written an urgent letter to G20 leaders, calling for them to leave behind the current broken financial architecture and promote a truly just and sustainable recovery.

In Uganda, young people represent “wealth of courage, agency and ideas”

During a ceremony recognizing how young people in Uganda are true “agents of change” in health and healing, Rev. Pauline Njiru, eastern Africa regional coordinator for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV & AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme, said young people are bringing a fresh drive for justice in many local communities.

WCC letter to President Erdogan to keep Hagia Sophia as the shared heritage of humanity

Geneva, 11 July, 2020: In a letter to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, the World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Prof Dr Ioan Sauca is expressing his fervent hope and prayer that Hagia Sophia will not become once again a focus of confrontation and conflict, but will be restored to the emblematic unifying role that it has served since 1934.

WCC condemns violence in India - and calls for justice

The death of a father and son in police custody last week in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has caused outrage and protest in the state. Family members and friends of the victims have accused the police of subjecting them to torture while they were in custody.

Orthodox bishop takes to organic farming during COVID-19 lockdown

The Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Bangalore Diocesan headquarters on the outskirts of the city of Bengaluru in India has been transformed into a farmhouse during recent weeks due to a COVID-19 lockdown.

Taming post-harvest losses can boost food security in Africa, say church leaders

African Church leaders are highlighting the need to tame the continent’s persistent post-harvest losses, as organizations point at rising food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WCC publishes “Voices of Faith at the United Nations”

In a historical overview of the relationship between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the United Nations, a new WCC publication explores why the shared purposes of the organizations are needed now more than ever.

Jether Ramalho, who embodied an ecumenism of the option for the poor, dies at 98

One of the main voices of the Brazilian and Latin American ecumenical movement, Jether Pereira Ramalho passed away on 28 June, in Rio, leaving behind a legacy of inspiration, dedication and transformation to many generations.

Zimbabwe religious leaders help communities with treatment adherence

During a workshop on 29 June-1 July, Pastor Maxwell Kapachawo summed up the inspiration driving the group: “This training has come at the right time! We are facing the challenge of people on antiretroviral therapy defaulting on their medication due to faith healing claims.”

Roman Catholic, WCC Joint Working Group convenes, discusses coronavirus crisis, peacebuilding, immigrants

The Executive Committee of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC) met online on 6 July under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop and Metropolitan Nifon of Târgoviște, Romanian Orthodox Church, and Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.

Webinars offer sea of voices on “Human Rights, Ethics and Climate Change”

A webinar series on “Human Rights, Ethics and Climate Change,” held in June and July, has offered a variety of perspectives on climate change and human rights from an ethical and spiritual perspective.

Amid COVID-19, African church leaders say availing quality seeds to farmers can help beat food insecurity

As African nations begin opening after months of coronavirus closures, church officials and agricultural experts are stressing an immediate supply of quality seeds to farmers to help tackle a predicted food crisis.

WCC fellowship invited to celebrate International Youth Day

World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca is inviting the global fellowship to take part in International Youth Day with a virtual celebration on 12 August. A new resource has also been released to help churches engage with young people and enhance their formation as Christian disciples.