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Churches prepare to celebrate Easter

"Christ is risen. He is risen indeed." The joy of Easter is an expression of the yearning and hope that the chains of sin and death will be broken for all human beings and all creation, an affirmation that the transformative power of resurrection is at work in the world.

New HIV/AIDS teaching and advocacy resource

"Keep the promise" is the title of a new teaching resource on advocacy and HIV/AIDS produced by the WCC-related Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) with support from UNAIDS, the World AIDS Campaign and the World Health Organization.

Release of Iraq hostages

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia wrote 23 March to Christian Peacemaker Teams co-director Douglas Pritchard, expressing "great joy" at the news that three CPT team members held in Iraq had been freed.

Churches on five continents join churches in Palestine and Israel in advocacy for peace

While 50 people from eight countries were paying a solidarity visit to Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territories last week, related advocacy activities focusing on the situation in Israel and Palestine were taking place on five continents.

New research confirms vivid diversity of ecumenical movement

The vivid diversity of the ecumenical movement has been highlighted in new research, published by the World Council of Churches (WCC) this month, that confirms the continued growth of the fellowship of churches.

WCC congratulates UN on new Human Rights Council

The World Council of Churches (WCC) today thanked the United Nations General Assembly for its work in bringing a reshaped Human Rights Council into being.

Killing of Christian peacemaker in Iraq For more information, see the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) website , and the 02/12/2005 WCC press release + CPT material for memorial services

"Tom Fox was in Iraq as a religious peacemaker so that those who use violence to pursue their own plans for that much-troubled nation might see that this is no way toward peace," Peter Weiderud, director of the World Council of Churches' Commission of the Churches for International Affairs (WCC/CCIA), said in Geneva today.

International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel, March 12-19, 2006

On March 12-19, 2006, church groups in a dozen countries and members of the International Pax Christi and Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) networks will participate in a joint advocacy initiative for peace in Palestine and Israel convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

WCC taxes Philippines government with violating democratic rights

"The actions of the government are in clear violation of the democratic rights of the Filippino people." This clear denunciation was made in a 7 March 2006 letter from World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary Georges Lemopoulos to Philippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

WCC opens new channels for youth involvement

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Churches condemn terrorism in all its forms

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Assembly elects new presidents, central committee

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Assembly calls UN to "serious process of reform"

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WCC work to focus on four main areas of engagement

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To transform the world, practise what you preach

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