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Orthodox Patriarchate affirms "costly" commitment to WCC

Cf. WCC Press Release PR-03-35 of 25 November 2003

Christmas message

By Konrad Raiser

AACC Assembly: WCC general secretaries highlight ecumenical vision and challenges

The vision at the heart of the ecumenical movement and the challenges it faces at the beginning of the 21st century in Africa were highlighted by both the outgoing and incoming general secretaries of the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the 8th Assembly of the All Africa Conferences of Churches (AACC) in Yaounde, Cameroon, on 24 November.

WCC general secretary's last official visit to a WCC member church before retirement

The last official visit of World Council of Churches (WCC) outgoing general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser to a WCC member church will be to the Ecumenical Patriarchate from 29 November to 3 December 2003.

Geneva international organizations host major world AIDS Day event

The World Council of Churches (WCC), UNAIDS , the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), will gather together for the first time to mark World AIDS Day with a joint event on

December 2003

WCC delegation attends UN conference on climate change

Henri Tincq interviews Konrad Raiser

Following an invitation from the public information team of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Henri Tincq, who has been in charge of religious news at the prestigious French daily "Le Monde" since 1985, interviewed Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser. The interview took place in Geneva, on Wednesday, 29 October 2003, as Raiser approached the end of his term as general secretary of WCC. This interview can be freely reproduced. A high-resolution photograph is also available free of charge (see below).

EAPPI welcomes largest group of volunteers

Cf. WCC Press Release pr-03-34 of 10 November 2003

Following long civil war, hope for peace is growing in Sudan

Cf. WCC Press Update PU-03-43 of 13 November 2003

WCC film wins international festival prize

A film about Sierra Leone produced by the World Council of Churches (WCC) for Danish television won a prize as the best film in the inter-religious dialogue category at the International Festival of Cinema and Religion in Trento, Italy.

What's going on in Cuba?

First-hand information on the current situation in Cuba, domestic violence, children’s rights, the mission of the church and other topics will be shared at a

Youth to start reflections on new configuration of the ecumenical movement

Cf. WCC Press Release PR-03-27 of 11 August 2003

EAPPI launches new website at www.eappi.org

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WCC in solidarity with Sri Lankan churches

Expressing solidarity with Sri Lankan churches trying to "put an end to confrontational politics that have already done so much damage to the country”, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser has today sent a letter to WCC member churches and the national council of churches in Sri Lanka. He assures them of the WCC's “continuing prayers and support” for their “work for peace and reconciliation”, and expresses concern for the current political crisis that is putting the fragile peace process into peril. “It is important that the cease-fire agreement reached between the government and the LTTE in February 2002 holds, and that there is no resumption of hostilities,” Raiser emphasizes. He hopes that the president and the prime minister will resolve their differences in order to “together work for peace and reconciliation and for the well-being of the people”.

WCC congratulates new Evangelical Church in Germany president

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser today congratulated Berlin bishop Wolfgang Huber on his election as new president of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) Council. In his letter, Raiser said that the choice of Bishop Huber was a fortunate one for the WCC in view of the latter's long-standing commitment to the ecumenical movement. This commitment had been evident in his contribution to reflections on human rights questions, peace ethics and ecclesiology, Raiser said. The WCC general secretary wished Huber well as he "takes on his new role in a time of uncertainties, but also of growing expectations towards the churches".

WCC and international financial institutions to continue encounters next year

Cf. WCC Press Release PR-03-09 of 12 February 2003

WCC sends words of support and encouragement to people of Bolivia

In a letter dated 29 October, World Council of Churches general secretary Konrad Raiser sent a message of support and encouragement to the Christian churches and people of Bolivia. The letter comes in response to the recent political unrest that led to the overthrow and replacement of President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. Raiser urges the new government, specifically current President Carlos de Meza Gisbert, to listen to the voice of the people and underlines that “dialogue is imperative in order to reconstruct the country with the participation of the people.” He goes on to state his concern for the marginalized people of Bolivia, and to pray for the restoration of peace based on justice.

WCC urges Zimbabwean government to stop human rights violations

The World Council of Churches, "deeply concerned at the deteriorating law and order situation in Zimbabwe", has urged the country's government "to take immediate steps to restore the rule of law and put an end to arbitrary arrests, torture and killings". In a letter sent Monday, 27 October 2003, to Zimbabwean Minister of Justice Patrick Chinamasa, the director of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Peter Weiderud asked for "an immediate enquiry into the case of Mrs (Beatrice) Mtetwa and others who have been the subject of police brutality" in order to "ensure that justice is done to them".

Angola visit: the task of healing

Cf WCC Press Update Up-03-38 of 13 October 2003