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WCC official visit to Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the largest and oldest church on the African continent, is hosting an international ecumenical delegation headed by World Council of Churches' (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, 24-30 September 2005.

New global impetus for justice needed after UN summit

"The outcomes of the UN world summit, the largest gathering of heads of state in history, fall far short of the vision and the expectations of churches and people during this critical period in world history," said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, speaking on the eve of the International Day of Prayer for Peace, 21 September.

WCC executive urges churches to exercise "unique potential" for peace

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UN reform: WCC urges international body to uphold fundamental vision and values

In the lead-up to the 14-16 September 2005 United Nations World Summit, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has shared its views on a planned reform of the international body with the governments of the UK and China - the two nations which currently preside, respectively, over the G8, and the G77.

WCC calls churches to pray together for peace on 21 September

Calling on member churches and churches around the world to observe an International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia observes that "Christian spirituality is not a call to retreat from social action and public life. As injustice and violence grow, […] we have all the more reason to pray with and for one another and for our world."

WCC "compassion and solidarity" with victims of Hurricane Katrina

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia expressed today the compassion and solidarity of the member churches of the World Council of Churches with all the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which US officials fear has claimed thousands of lives in recent days.

Iraqi tragedy demands restoration of justice and peace

Reacting to the tragic events at Baghdad's Kadhimiya mosque on 31 August, which Iraqi authorities fear have claimed the lives of up to a thousand Muslim pilgrims, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia expressed the heartfelt condolences and deep sympathy felt by Christians worldwide at this loss of life.

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To evaluate Gaza pullout, says WCC, look for signs of peace in the months ahead

To fully evaluate the Gaza pullout, it is necessary to watch for a number of "signs of peace" in the months ahead, according to the international affairs unit of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The WCC shares in grief at the death of Taizé's founder, "a witness to the gospel and to ecumenical dialogue"

"Brother Roger died as he lived, praying at the centre of his community," said the World Council of Churches acting general secretary Geneviève Jacques in a message of condolence sent to the Taizé community today. Expressing "shock" and "sadness" at the death of the community's founder brother Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche, Jacques stated that "his witness to the gospel and to ecumenical dialogue has been enormously influential over the past century". Jacques also praised his "unceasing search for authentic ecumenical dialogue" which reached across "institutional barriers".

EAPPI: Including the first Muslim ever, new group brings total number of ecumenical accompaniers since 2002 to over 200

Counting the 20 new volunteers who recently arrived in Jerusalem, the total number of people to have participated in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) has now passed the 200-mark, as the programme completes its third year of existence.

21 September: Churches to pray for peace in Asia and the world

In 2005, for the second year running, churches representing over 560 million Christians world-wide are being invited to mark the UN International Day of Peace, 21 September, as an International Day of Prayer for Peace.

WCC message on 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, Nagasaki bombings

"The unfinished business of banning nuclear weapons has been derailed and urgently needs to be put back on track" is the central point of a message sent 4 August by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) acting director Clement John to WCC member churches and the national council of churches in Japan.

Death of South Sudan leader: WCC says peace process must continue

In a 1 August letter to Sudan's churches following the announcement of the death of the country's first vice-president, Dr John Garang, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has expressed his "deep sadness" and his "solidarity and support" for the churches and people of Sudan.

Kobia to pay first official visit to the Caribbean

The US presence and policies, human rights, democratization, international aid, as well as ecumenism in the region, and the forthcoming 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will be the main topics on the agenda during the first official visit by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to churches in Cuba and Haiti from 31 July - 7 August 2005.

Kobia challenges US churches to reflect global perspective

"If it was the challenge to US churches in 1965 to reflect a global perspective rather than that of an ultra-patriotic 'culture club', this remains a principal challenge 40 years later," World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia told a gathering of US Christians on 26 July.

At Jewish-Christian gathering Kobia talks about divestment, calls for new alliances for life

While anti-semitism is a sin, not every critique of Israeli policies qualifies as anti-semitism, Samuel Kobia told a Jewish-Christian gathering on Sunday, 24 July.