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Pilgrims of climate justice plan to impact COP 21 in Paris

Thousands of people are planning to embark on a pilgrimage of climate justice – either on foot or on bicycles – in many parts of the world.

Annual meeting between officials of WCC and PCID

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an annual meeting took place between officials of the Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation of the WCC and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

WCC condemns attacks on churches in Niger

Attacks in Niger, resulting in the destruction of more than 70 churches and the killing of an undetermined number of people, were strongly condemned by the WCC. These events have come as repercussions following the Charlie Hebdo attack and the “Je suis Charlie” campaign in support of the controversial French weekly publication.

WCC condemns violent demonstrations in Kinshasa

The WCC and its member churches expressed deep concern over reports of widespread violent demonstrations in Kinshasa since 19 January.

WEA and WCC representatives explore possibilities of working together

In the light of current global realities, representatives of the World Evangelical Alliance and the WCC met from 20 to 21 January at the Chateau of Bossey, Switzerland to explore and discuss possible areas of future cooperation.

Christians around the world pray for unity

Christians around the world pray for unity

Challenged by Christians from Brazil to strive for greater respect for religious and cultural diversity, churches are reflecting together on the gospel of John as they celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Ecumenical Review marks 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council

The Ecumenical Review marks 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council

The current issue of The Ecumenical Review, a quarterly journal of the WCC, takes as its theme “Vatican II in Retrospect.”

Materials prepared by Brazilian churches emphasize unity with diversity for week of prayer

Materials prepared by Brazilian churches emphasize unity with diversity for week of prayer

The vision of Christian unity accompanied by respect for diversity has inspired this year’s prayer materials produced in Brazil for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Metropolitan Gennadios receives honorary doctorate from the University of Athens

Metropolitan Gennadios receives honorary doctorate from the University of Athens

Metropolitan Dr Gennadios of Sassima, vice-moderator of the WCC Central Committee, has been honoured with the title of “Doctor honoris causa” from the University of Athens, Greece.

Understanding justice and peace as Christian pilgrims

As the WCC promotes the vision of a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, four students from the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, share their understanding of justice and peace and how they embarked on a pilgrimage of their own.

KAICIID secretary general and officials welcomed at WCC offices

KAICIID secretary general and officials welcomed at WCC offices

In a shared recognition of the need to promote inter-religious dialogue in a world faced with conflicts often fuelled by religion, on 13 January the secretary general and officials from the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue visited the WCC offices and met with the general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

John Mbiti becomes the first African scholar to translate Bible in Kikamba language

Professor John Mbiti, theologian and former director of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey of the WCC has recently become the first African scholar to translate the entire Christian New Testament from Greek to Kikamba, a local Kenyan language.

Paris attacks trigger discussions on freedom of expression in a WCC forum

Attacks last week on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, along with attacks on Paris police and shoppers at a Jewish grocery there, triggered vigorous reflections on freedom of expression, religious values and the role of churches in a WCC Communications Forum.

WCC expresses shock over killings in Nigeria

The WCC has expressed deep shock over the attacks by extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, which is said to have cost the lives of more than 2,000 people, including children used in suicide bomb attacks.

WCC condemns Paris slayings

Reacting to news of the deaths of twelve persons in an armed attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches Georges Lemopoulos said: "The fatal attack that has taken place today in Paris against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is an attack on human life, human dignity and the human rights of all."

Current Dialogue Magazine addresses thorny inter-religious issues

The newly published issue of Current Dialogue is now available online. Along with key documents from the WCC 10th Assembly, the issue includes several strong pieces addressing some thorny issues in contemporary inter-religious encounter and dialogue, including the recent Malaysian prohibition of Christian use of the name Allah for God, the relationship of ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, the particular difficulties in dialogue among the Abrahamic traditions, and the limits of dialogue itself.

The new Arms Trade Treaty: a life-saving gift this Christmas

The new Arms Trade Treaty: a life-saving gift this Christmas

The world is giving itself a kind of Christmas gift this year, a serious gift and one that is long-overdue. On 24 December 2014 an international law to regulate the global trade in armaments and ammunition enters into force.

Christmas gifts are offered in a spirit of celebrating the birth of Christ

Christmas gifts are offered in a spirit of celebrating the birth of Christ

A flood of Advent contributions from congregations and individuals, as well as member churches and ecumenical partners, has been one of the greatest joys for the new WCC income manager, Doug Chial, just three months in to the job.

WCC welcomes Cuba-US reconciliation

Following the positive developments in relations between Cuba and the United States announced yesterday by their governments, the WCC general secretary expressed his gratitude for the process.

WCC extends sympathies to Peshawar victims

Following the massacre of dozens of students and staff in Peshawar on 16 December, the WCC general secretary extended sympathies to those bereaved or wounded, offering prayers for the victims and their families, for their communities.