The World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia are deeply saddened by the news of the tragic earthquake that has rocked central Nepal. Official reports confirm that at least 1800 people are known to have died in Nepal after the devastating 7.9 magnitude quake, making it the quake-prone Himalayan nation’s worst disaster in more than 80 years. The World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference in Asia issued today following statement in Geneva/Chiang Mai on the earthquake that struck near Nepal.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has taken a clear stand against recent violent attacks against migrants in South Africa, reaffirming churches’ positions against racist, ethnocentrist and xenophobic acts of violence. Noting the special vulnerability of migrants and migrant workers, a statement issued in Geneva on 24 April by the general secretary of the WCC urges leaders in South Africa, as well as in other countries in the region, to promote the observance of human rights at all times.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) remembers today, 24 April, the 1.5 million Armenian victims—children, women and men—who died 100 years ago.