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Expression of worldwide ecumenical solidarity: WCC delegation to meet with patriarchs and heads of churches and Christian communities

The deputy general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Georges Lemopoulos, is travelling to Jerusalem 2-4 April to meet with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Irineos I.

WCC general secretary looks forward "with enthusiasm and caution" to a visit to churches in Greece

The evolution and the work of the Special Commission on Orthodox participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) as well as current social, political and ecumenical challenges - such as inter-church relations, the question of bioethics and the role of Greece as the only Orthodox country in the European Union - will be amongst the issues addressed during WCC general secretary Konrad Raiser's visit to the Church of Greece, 20 - 24 March.

WCC to highlight treatment of refugees and internally displaced people at UN Human Rights Commission

The treatment of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees is being highlighted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) beginning today, 18 March, and continuing through 26 April.

Addressing sexual violence: ecumenical team to meet with church and humanitarian partners in West Africa

The World Council of Churches (WCC), along with Action by Churches Together (ACT) International and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) are sending an ecumenical team to West Africa to follow up on allegations in a recent confidential report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children UK on sexual violence and exploitation of refugee children in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Ecumenical team to observe Zimbabwe elections

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) are coordinating an international team to observe the Zimbabwean presidential elections taking place 9-10 March 2002. Some members of the 86-person team are already in place to observe election preparations.

Dr Marga Bührig (1915 - 2002)

The World Council of Churches (WCC) mourns the passing of Dr Marga Bührig, who died in Binningen, Switzerland, during the night of 12 February, aged 86.

WCC executive committee meets in Denmark Opportunity to strengthen and increase ecumenical cooperation

The forthcoming meeting of the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will be held in Nyborg, Denmark, 19-22 February at the invitation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark and of the Church of Denmark's Council on International Relations. It is the first time since the WCC's eighth assembly, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 1998, that the WCC executive committee is meeting outside Geneva.

Ecumenical solidarity and action promised in Palestinian-Israeli conflict

cf. WCC Press Release, PR-01-40, of 29 October 2001

Jan H. Kok (1942-2002)

It is with great sorrow that the World Council of Churches (WCC) shares the news that its publisher, Jan H. Kok, died on 7 February 2002 at the age of 59, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer.

"Defending the earth is not a project. Defending the earth is a way of life" Ecumenical Team at second Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development

An ecumenical team of more than 20 people from all continents, representing churches, regional ecumenical organizations and Indigenous Peoples' communities is attending the second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

World Council of Churches concerned about unrest in the wake of presidential elections in Madagascar

As demonstrations continue against the preliminary results of the presidential elections in Madagascar, the deputy general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Georges Lemopoulos, has urged the country's political authorities to ensure that the democratic process is fully respected.

Decade to Overcome Violence group starts work on a study document for church

A World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) working group meeting will bring 30 participants from different parts of the world to Geneva from 25-27 January 2002. The meeting will draft user guidelines for a study document for the churches on overcoming violence.

WCC general secretary applauds churches' role in Argentina crisis

As Argentina struggles with a serious economic, political and social crisis, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, has praised Argentina's churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society. In a 10 January 2002 letter to the country's churches, Raiser said he had been deeply moved by the way they had responded to what, for him, was also to some extent an "ethical and spiritual" crisis.

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2001 Press releases