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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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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.

Praying and building bridges

Praying and building bridges

The Sisters of Mary in Beni Suef (Egypt) manage kindergartens, hospitals, schools and retirement homes. They take care of orphans, old and disabled people. So they build bridges to the Muslim majority society, which are more needed than ever.

With holy oil and paint roller: Coptic icon painters place memorial to victims  of terror attacks

With holy oil and paint roller: Coptic icon painters place memorial to victims of terror attacks

Hany Saweres and Edmon Kamel are icon painters in Cairo with a special mission: to paint the 21 martyrs who were beheaded by the so called Islamic State in February 2015 in Libya. A church in their memory is currently being built in El-Minya (Upper Egypt) – with funds from the Egyptian state.

WCC Executive Committee envisions future for unity, justice and peace

WCC Executive Committee envisions future for unity, justice and peace

The WCC Executive Committee met in Amman, Jordan from 17-23 November to approve the 2018 plan and budget and prepare for renewal of the WCC strategic plan. The Executive Committee also discerned the way forward for the WCC’s involvement in Palestine and Israel by learning more about the particular situation in Jordan and the Middle East, then discussing the challenges of the churches and the WCC response. The Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem, All Palestine and Jordan, Theophilos III, welcomed the group.

مجلس الكنائس العالمي يدين الهجوم على المسجد في مصر

مجلس الكنائس العالمي يدين الهجوم على المسجد في مصر

أدان أمين عام مجلس الكنائس العالمي سعادة الدكتور / "أولاف فيكس تفايت" الهجوم على المسجد في مصر والذي أدّى إلى قتل المئات من المصلين، وأعرب عن حزنه العميق على هذه الأرواح المفقودة وأعداد الجرحى جرّاء هذا الهجوم الذي وقع يوم 24 تشرين الثاني / نوفمبر 2017م.

WCC condemns attack on mosque in Egypt

WCC condemns attack on mosque in Egypt

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned an attack at a mosque in Egypt during which hundreds of people are believed dead. Tveit expressed sorrow for the lives lost as news continued to unfold of the attack on 24 November.

WCC Executive Committee releases statement on Jerusalem and Status Quo

WCC Executive Committee releases statement on Jerusalem and Status Quo

The WCC Executive Committee has issued a statement expressing concern over the ways in which church institutions and properties in Jerusalem are threatened as a result of contracts of disputed legality, the efforts of radical settler groups, and policies of the government of Israel.

Holy Land tourism goes beyond traditional paths

Holy Land tourism goes beyond traditional paths

For decades, the tourist industry in the Holy Land has been dominated by Israeli tour operators who rely mostly on Israeli hotel owners and land arrangement providers. Visiting Palestinian territories is seldom prioritized and excursions rarely take Palestinian perspectives into account. Most visitors are thus not provided opportunities to familiarize themselves with everyday life of the Palestinian people.

Guided by faith, hope and endurance

Guided by faith, hope and endurance

In spite of a seemingly bleak outlook for a solution to the conflict in Palestine and Israel, religious leaders all over the world persist in their advocacy for justice and peace in the Holy Land. That became evident at the WCC peace consultations in Beit Sahour this summer, where 60 leaders and representatives from Christian churches and faith-based organizations around the world gathered to manifest their support for a peaceful end to the occupation of Palestinian territories.

Churches call for urgent action for Cremisan Valley

Churches call for urgent action for Cremisan Valley

As the statements calling for justice in Cremisan Valley fail to work, churches urged the international community at the 36th Session of UN Human Rights Council for action regarding the occupied territories between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.