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The term "WCC document" applies to texts of many different types and levels of institutional authority. Many hundreds of such texts are available on our websites.

List of documents by publication date (most recent documents on top):

Palestinian Prisoners Day: A Call to Churches Worldwide to Pray and Act for Justice
Palestinian Prisoners Day: A Call to Churches Worldwide to Pray and Act for Justice, issued by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, on 17 April 2014.
Easter letter 2014
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's Easter letter to the member churches.
Condolences on death of Father Siketi Tonga
WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter conveying condolences on the death of Fr Siketi Tonga, general secretary of the Tonga National Council of Churches.
Communiqué on human trafficking
Communiqué adopted at an international consultation on “Migration and Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery?” organized by the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs and the Christian Conference of Asia, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 4 to 8 April.
Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015
Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is rooted in the experience of the churches in Brazil.
Address to the Church of Norway General Synod
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's address to the Church of Norway General Synod, delivered on 4 April 2014, in Kristiansand, Norway.
Address to the Church of Norway General Synod - in Norwegian
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's address (in Norwegian) to the Church of Norway General Synod, delivered on 4 April 2014, in Kristiansand, Norway.
Reflections for the ELCF consultation in Finland
Reflections on "The Mission of the Church in the Changing Landscapes of the 21st century" presented by Kyriaki Avtzi, WCC programme executive on evangelism, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland partnership consultation in Järvenpää, Finland, on 2 April 2014.
Public statement on the importance of bringing the world’s new Arms Trade Treaty into effect
Public comment from the WCC general secretary on the importance of bringing the world’s new Arms Trade Treaty into effect, issued on 2 April.
Congratulations to Syrian patriarch-elect
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit’s congratulatory message to His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on his election as Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.
Concern over Egypt court decision of death sentence for 529 people
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressing concern over court decision in Egypt, where around 529 people have been sentenced to death.
Statement from former Special Rapporteur on Equatorial Guinea
Statement from Gustavo Gallon, former Special Rapporteur on Equatorial Guinea, presented at the WCC sponsored side-event at the United Nations in Geneva, on 27 March 2014.
APRODEV statement on reconnecting Gaza to West Bank
Statement from APRODEV, an association of European development agencies related to the World Council of Churches, urging the European Union to develop a long-term strategy to reconnect Gaza to the West Bank, issued in Brussels on 12 March 2014.
Condolences on death of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter of condolences sent to members of the Holy Synod of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East; and Syrian Orthodox Church worldwide on the death of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas.
Concern over Israeli law on the status of Arab Christian citizens
Statement from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC general secretary, expressing concern about the law passed by the Israeli Knesset on 24 February 2014.
Letter on release of kidnapped Syrian nuns
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter to John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and president of the World Council of Churches expressing joy on release of kidnapped Syrian nuns.
Message delivered in audience with Pope Francis
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's speech during his audience with Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church in the Vatican, Rome, on 7 March 2014.
Support for Malaysian churches' efforts to restore multi-religious values
WCC general secretary’s letter to Archbishop John Ha Tiong Hock, president, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Rev. Dr Hermen Shastri, general secretary, Council of Churches of Malaysia, expressing support for an appeal against a Malaysian court’s decision in October 2013 forbidding the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.
ECtHR judgment in case of Perinçek v. Switzerland
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter to Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, General Secretariat, Federal Department of Justice and Police, Bern, Switzerland.
Bible study: Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Prepared by Dr Marina Ngursangzeli Behera, professor of Ecumenical Missiology at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, for the WCC Staff Planning Days 2014.