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WCC moderator, general secretary to visit Kenya and Rwanda

The moderator of the World Council of Churches' central committee, His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, and the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, are to pay a pastoral visit to Kenya (8-15 April) and to Rwanda (16-18 April).

Common celebration of Easter a gift, WCC work towards universal date will continue

In an Easter message to member churches, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia expresses his hope that “Christians throughout the world will join in prayer and celebration” as they celebrate Easter on the same date this year, an occurrence he considers a “real gift and blessing”.

Kosovo: Religious communities to be taken seriously as partners in long-term peace-building

The following press release is jointly released by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC)

WCC to encourage non-nuclear NATO states to play more pro-active role on nuclear disarmament, remove nuclear weapons from their territories

A World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation will meet ministers and official government representatives of three non-nuclear NATO states this week. The purpose of the meetings is to ask these states to take a more pro-active role within the organization to fulfill nuclear disarmament obligations undertaken in the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

April 2004

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Message of solidarity with the churches and people of Spain

Sadness and consternation were expressed today by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a message of solidarity with the churches and people of Spain after the cruel terrorist attacks in Madrid. Signed by the WCC acting general secretary Mr Georges Lemopoulos, the message expresses "total rejection" of the attacks and "deep solidarity with the victims of the atrocity, their families and all the people of Spain". The message reaffirms the "Christian vocation to oppose any form of violence" and "commitment to seeking peace", and praises the "solidarity and immediate support to the victims by the Spanish people and churches".

A WCC staff comment on Mel Gibson film

What should we do after seeing Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of Christ"? That is the question being asked by Rev. Dr Hans Ucko, who specializes in Christian-Jewish dialogue at the World Council of Churches. He discusses the impact of our reactions to this controversial film in an opinion piece published in French on Friday, 5 March by the Geneva newspaper Le Temps .

Executive committee reviews whole spectrum of WCC activities

Cf. WCC Press Release, PR-04-02, of 12 February 2004

WCC demands to halt construction and dismantle Israel barrier

Cf. WCC Press Release, PR-04-02, of 12 February 2004

March 2004

WCC and Roman Catholic representatives to meet

EAPPI continues its work with 15 new accompaniers

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel welcomed 15 new ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) as it continues working with Palestinians and Israelis on peaceful solutions to the conflict. The new arrivals join six workers staying on from previous groups, bringing the total number of EAs currently on the ground to 21.

HIV/AIDS, 2006 assembly, and public issues on WCC executive's agenda

Two highlights at the next 17-20 February 2004 meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee will be an in-depth presentation of WCC work on HIV/AIDS, and the formal installation of the council's new general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia. The committee will also review the progress of work to prepare the next WCC assembly, and consider actions on public issues.

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Middle East: Inter-religious youth workshop for peace

Christians world-wide manifest unity in support of peace

Cf. WCC Press Feature Feat-03-15 of 9 December 2003

Faith communities at WSF offer resources to overcome violence *

Cf. WCC Press Update Pu-04-05 of 22 January 2004