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Solidarity with churches in the Middle East

The situation of the Middle East calls for collective efforts by ecumenical partners to achieve peace and justice at local, national, regional and international levels. The WCC aims to build a space where the entire ecumenical movement can put its collective energies and resources together for lasting peace.

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Ecumenical accompaniers share observations with EU

Ecumenical accompaniers share observations with EU

As an “ecumenical accompanier,” Prokop’s role description might include: “walks children to school,” and “shares what he sees.” In many communities, these tasks are daily - even mundane - parts of life. But for Prokop, who has served with the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI), walking children to school was anything but humdrum.

مجلس الكنائس العالمي يصرّح بأن المستقبل يجب أن يشهد قدس مشتركة

مجلس الكنائس العالمي يصرّح بأن المستقبل يجب أن يشهد قدس مشتركة

خلال المؤتمر الدولي الذي نُظّم من أجل دعم القدس خلال يومي 17 و18 كانون الثاني/ يناير 2018م في العاصمة المصرية، القاهرة، تحت إشراف الإمام الأعظم لجامع الأزهر، سماحة الشيخ / الدكتور الطيب و فخامة الرئيس المصري "عبد الفتاح السيسي"، تناول الدكتور / القسّ "أولاف فيكس تفايت" موضوع مستقبل القدس.

WCC says future of Jerusalem must be a shared one

WCC says future of Jerusalem must be a shared one

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit addressed the status of Jerusalem at the international "World Conference in Support of Jerusalem" on 17-18 January in Cairo, Egypt, organized by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh al-Tayyib, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

“No single minute is invested in vain” - How an Egyptian doctor promotes dialogue via health work

“No single minute is invested in vain” - How an Egyptian doctor promotes dialogue via health work

Freddy Elbaiady has made history as a politician. But what counts most for the 46-year-old Egyptian doctor is his work at the Salam Medical Center in El-Qanatir, north of Cairo. The bridges between Christians and Muslims that are built through this work are sustainable even in times of crisis.

القدس: " فلتكن كل أرواحنا نورا مضيئا من أجل العدل والسلام والمحبة والأمل"

القدس: " فلتكن كل أرواحنا نورا مضيئا من أجل العدل والسلام والمحبة والأمل"

هناك جوّ دافئ داخل الكنيسة: لقاءات سعيدة ولقاءات متجددة بين الأصدقاء والزملاء، وقد حان الوقت لبعضهم للوداع. إنه الوقت المناسب للإحساس بالترحاب من طرف الآخرين، وقد اجتمع حوالي 150 شخصا في كنيسة القديسة حنة (آن) في شرق القدس للصلاة من أجل السلام العادل ولإنهاء 50 سنة من الاحتلال ومن أجل التضامن تمهيدا للعيش معا في فلسطين وإسرائيل. وقد حان الوقت بأن يُسلّم المرافقون المسكونيون في مجموعة 67 المشعل لمرافقي مجموعة 68.

Jerusalem: “May all our lives be beacons of justice, peace, love and hope”

Jerusalem: “May all our lives be beacons of justice, peace, love and hope”

There is a warm buzz in the church. Happy reunions. Friends and colleagues reunited. It is a time for goodbyes for some. It is a time of being welcomed for others. Nearly 150 people gathered in St Anne’s Basilica in East Jerusalem to pray for a just peace, for an end to the 50 years of occupation and for the solidarity to be able to live side-by-side in Palestine and Israel. It is time for the ecumenical accompaniers in group 67 to hand over to those in group 68.

Global church leaders inform President Trump: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital threatens peace, risks more conflict

Global church leaders inform President Trump: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital threatens peace, risks more conflict

Christians from throughout the world want it known that they believe the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel is a serious blow to efforts for a just and sustainable peace in the Holy Land, and risks provoking further conflict in the region.

Iraqi religious leaders call for restoring religious and social cohesion

Iraqi religious leaders call for restoring religious and social cohesion

More than 40 religious leaders from Iraq gathered in Beirut, Lebanon under the auspices of the World Council of Churches for three days of constructive interfaith dialogue to identify and analyse opportunities and challenges related to cohesion and highlight the role of religious leaders in re-storing inclusive multi-religious and multi-cultural communities in Iraq after years of conflict.

New life behind high walls: Egypt's monasteries bursting at the seams

New life behind high walls: Egypt's monasteries bursting at the seams

The Coptic Church does not have to worry about the future of its monasteries. Many young Copts want to become monks or nuns. That was not always the case. In the late 1960s, monasticism in Egypt was close to extinction.

باستخدام الزيت المقدس والدهان الملون، يجعل الرسامون الأقباط من الأيقونات تذكارا لضحايا الهجمات الإرهابية

باستخدام الزيت المقدس والدهان الملون، يجعل الرسامون الأقباط من الأيقونات تذكارا لضحايا الهجمات الإرهابية

يعتبر كل من هاني ساواريس وإدموند كامل رساما من رسامي الأيقونات بالألوان في القاهرة وهما يضطلعان بمهمة خاصة ألا وهي رسم الشهداء 21 الذين قُطّعت رؤوسهم على يد ما يعرف بالدولة الإسلامية خلال شهر شباط/فبراير 2015م في ليبيا. وهناك مشروع تشييد كنيسة لتخليد ذكراهم في منطقة "المنيا" (في الصعيد المصري) بتمويل من الحكومة المصرية.