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Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero hailed by ecumenical leaders

Leaders of churches and ecumenical organizations have expressed respect and appreciation following the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on Sunday 24 May. In the Roman Catholic Church, beatification is a significant step in the process leading to canonization as a saint. Romero was murdered while presiding at Mass in San Salvador on 24 March 1980. He had been archbishop of the capital of El Salvador for three years.

US university health students learn from yearly WCC visit

US university health students learn from yearly WCC visit

Students who visit the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva are often from theological or similarly Bible-related sections of educational institutions, but not always. This year a group of secular students from a state university in the United States arrived at the WCC to tap into work related to its health and healing programme.

Peace and security in the DRC are focus of conference at WCC

Peace and security in the DRC are focus of conference at WCC

A major conference on peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), convened by the WCC, began on Wednesday its search for solutions to the DRC’s steepest challenges.

WCC and Church leaders in South Sudan urge South Sudan government to stop the war

WCC and Church leaders in South Sudan urge South Sudan government to stop the war

As the tragic situation of conflict in South Sudan moves into its 18th month, the WCC and the South Sudan Council of Churches continue calling for an end to the senseless conflict.

New Humanitarian Pledge to Ban Nuclear Weapons advances as troubled treaty stalls

New Humanitarian Pledge to Ban Nuclear Weapons advances as troubled treaty stalls

Four weeks of negotiations on nuclear weapons came to a close on Friday 22 May, as the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended without a formal agreement. Despite the outcome, a bright new prospect towards a world without nuclear weapons has emerged in the form of a Humanitarian Pledge, now endorsed by 107 states, which promises “to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons”.

Faith-based health professionals should be less modest, says UN official

Faith-based health professionals should be less modest, says UN official

Global health and religious leaders meeting at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva have noted the essential role faith-based organizations play in providing health services.In a consultation entitled: “The future of faith-based health care provision”, participants related some of their experiences in responding to the global Ebola crisis.

Phiri describes an ecumenical vision of the household of God

”Truly, I am in the household of God,” began WCC associate general secretary for public witness and diakonia Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri in her keynote speech today at the 14th Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia.

Christian Conference of Asia: Colourful welcome with urgent issues on the agenda

Christian Conference of Asia: Colourful welcome with urgent issues on the agenda

Under the theme “Living Together in the Household of God,” some 440 representatives of member churches and partner bodies from 28 countries gathered on Thursday 21 May in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the opening of the Christian Conference of Asia’s 14th General Assembly.

US president names young ecumenical leader to White House panel

US president names young ecumenical leader to White House panel

US President Barack Obama has named Dr Ulysses Burley III to a presidential advisory panel on HIV and AIDS.

Ecumenical efforts in Ukrainian peace process to keep moving ahead

Ecumenical efforts in Ukrainian peace process to keep moving ahead

Ecumenical efforts led by the WCC continue to encourage peace in Ukraine, where a fragile cease-fire is daily tested by violence in the eastern part of the country.

Memorial service pays tribute to Philip Potter

Traditional forms of Christian prayer and the music of Bob Marley blended neatly together in a chapel service honouring the memory of the Caribbean-born third general secretary of the WCC, the Rev. Dr Philip Potter who died in March at the age of 93. The service of common prayer, which drew many former colleagues and admirers, took place at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on Monday 18 May.

WCC welcomes resumption of peace talks on Cyprus

The WCC has hailed news of a resumption of talks between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders on the longstanding division of the island of Cyprus.

Members of WCC ECHOS Commission visit Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate

Members of WCC ECHOS Commission visit Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate

Members of the WCC Commission on Youth (ECHOS) visited the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate and Bishop Yohannes, president of the Bishopric of Social and Ecumenical Services.

WCC ECHOS Commission visits Al Azhar Mosque and University in Cairo

WCC ECHOS Commission visits Al Azhar Mosque and University in Cairo

Members of the WCC Commission on Youth (ECHOS), visited Al Azhar Mosque and University on 12 May for a meeting with the grand sheikh and the Egyptian minister of Religious Affairs.

Lesotho Evangelical Church celebrates its 50 years

Lesotho Evangelical Church celebrates its 50 years

At the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Lesotho Evangelical Church, a WCC member church, WCC’s associate general secretary Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri expressed her deep admiration for its missionary legacy and its “clear witness for God”.

WCC ECHOS Commission begins pilgrimage in Cairo, Egypt

WCC ECHOS Commission begins pilgrimage in Cairo, Egypt

New members of the WCC Commission on Youth (ECHOS) have gathered for the first time, for a four-day meeting hosted by the Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt.

Walking to Emmaus in the Holy Land, and Sweden

Walking to Emmaus in the Holy Land, and Sweden

It was a peace hike inspired by the biblical story of Emmaus, crisscrossing part of the Holy Land, following the footsteps of Jesus.

WCC mourns three great ecumenists from India

In a tribute issued from Geneva on 8 May, the WCC has paid its respect and sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Rev. Dr Somen Das, Rev. Dr Habil James Massey and Professor Ninan Koshy.

WCC general secretary preaches at D.C. commemoration of Armenian genocide

WCC general secretary preaches at D.C. commemoration of Armenian genocide

WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit preached at the 7 May ecumenical service in Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral commemorating the centennial of the Armenian genocide.

WCC and AACC call for peaceful dialogue in Burundi after violent protests

The World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches have expressed their profound concern over reports of widespread and violent demonstrations in the nation of Burundi. The fellowship of churches represented by these bodies is alarmed at the recent violent clashes in relation to forthcoming presidential elections.