In a letter issued on 25 August, addressed to Rev. Luca Negro, president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered “heartfelt condolences to the people who lost family members and friends.” The letter follows the massive earthquake that hit central Italy in the morning hours of 24 August, taking hundreds of lives.
“I have an absolute confidence in your youthful and great enthusiasm and your heightened state of awareness that you will be ambassadors of peace, mercy and cooperation among all peoples.” This message, from Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, visibly uplifted and inspired young people attending a seminar, “Youth Engagement, Religion and Violence,” in Cairo this week.
It was with sadness that WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit received the news of the passing of Rev. Juan Abelardo Schvindt of the Evengelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), on 23 August.
22 August - 02 September 2016 Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management
27 - 31 August 2016 WCC Indigenous Spirituality and Theology Consultation
01 September - 04 October 2016 Time for Creation
18 - 24 September 2016 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
21 September 2016 International Day of Prayer for Peace
30 September - 02 October 2016 70 years of ecumenical formation at Bossey
01 - 06 October 2016 Youth Engagement in Social Justice in Latin America