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Ecumenical Jury awards Berlin film prize for portrayal of struggle with religious tradition

Ecumenical Jury awards Berlin film prize for portrayal of struggle with religious tradition

A film depicting a woman – Petrunya – who breaks church and social traditions by grabbing a cross thrown by an Orthodox priest into an icy river in an Epiphany ritual meant for young men has been awarded the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 69th Berlinale film festival in the German capital.

WCC mourns death of Rev. C.M. Kao

WCC mourns death of Rev. C.M. Kao

Rev. Dr C.M. Kao, Asian church leader and human rights advocate, has passed away. In the 1970s, he served as general secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, which has been a WCC member church since 1951.

Monastery as a meeting between human and divine

Monastery as a meeting between human and divine

Established more than 600 years ago, the Sretensky monastery in the centre of Moscow was a place of imprisonment and execution of those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs during repressive Soviet times.