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Its time to agree changes in governance of international financial institutions, says WCC

"The nature of the current leadership change at the World Bank is a timely reminder of the need for reform in how international financial institutions are governed," World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Dr William Temu said today, in reaction to news of the resignation of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz.

Ecumenical Water Network conference on churches' response to Africa's water crisis

According to some estimates, over 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack adequate access to safe water. What can churches do to help ensure sufficient and safe water - a basic human right - for all the continent's inhabitants?

Bishop Pierre Duprey

Writing to Walter Cardinal Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPU) on 14 May, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia expresses "deep sadness" at the passing away of Bishop Pierre Duprey. Kasper succeeded Duprey as PCPU secretary when the latter retired in 1999 at the age of 75.

WCC supports proposal for rational use of medicines

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has welcomed a resolution on rational use of medicines to be considered by the 60th World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva 14-23 May 2007.

WCC general secretary visits Eritrea

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia is visiting Eritrea 16-19 May 2007. Kobia will meet church and other religious leaders as well as top government officials.

International ecumenical conference to explore Christian thought and contributions to peace, reconciliation and forgiveness

Christian scholars from Europe and US will discuss peace, justice and security and how they relate to religion, spirituality and healing at an international ecumenical conference on "Forgiveness, peace and reconciliation" to be held 17-20 May 2007 in Volos, Greece. The current situations in Cyprus, Serbia, Russia, Ireland and the Middle East will be amongst case studies considered in a conference section on "Orthodoxy in situations of conflict".

German ecumenist explores religious factor in US politics

As struggles over the global war on terrorism continue to rage, many in the United States and around the world do not understand the course of events that led from September 11, 2001, to the current expanded conflict.

Ecumenical gathering in Stuttgart reflects a "new Europe", says Kobia

"Together for Europe 2007", an ecumenical gathering to be held 10-12 May in Stuttgart, Germany, has been hailed with "great joy" by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). In a message to participants, Kobia expressed his hope that their experience will enable Christians "to continue growing together in a spirituality of unity and love".

Theologians reflect on Inclusivity from the point of view of the excluded

Representing the experiences, perspectives and visions of different excluded groups, a select group of 25 theologians from many parts of the world gathered in La Paz, Bolivia during May 2007, perhaps for the first time, to articulate their visions of the world and the church. Their attempt was to identify the possible thematic directions for the new programme

Rediscovering Christ's call to unity is 21st century church challenge, Kobia says

Churches rediscovering the biblical call to unity and caring for life together is the World Council of Churches' vision for re-invigorating ecumenism in the 21st century, according to Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, the general secretary of the WCC.

Dr Mrs Renuka Mukerji Somasekhar

Writing to the general secretary of the Church of South India (CSI), World Council of Churches head Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has mourned the passing away of former CSI general secretary Dr Mrs Renuka Mukerji Somasekhar.

Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

"An untiring, credible and enlightened voice for peace" is how World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia refers to German physicist Prof. Dr Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker in a tribute released today.

WCC asks Turkish government to ensure rule of law, safeguard all citizens after murder of Christians

The "savage murders" of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey, on 18 April are "the latest tragedy" in a series of "killings and other threats directed at members and leaders of religious minorities" in the country that are of "serious concern" and cause "deep revulsion" and "dismay", the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has told Turkish authorities.

"Recognise that we belong to each other" is Kobia's message in Dublin and Belfast

Healing wounded memories is an essential feature of the search for Christian unity, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia told participants at a public seminar in Dublin, Ireland on Monday 30 April. A day earlier, in a sermon preached in Edinburgh, Scotland, he affirmed that churches are recognizing that "without each other, none of them is being fully church".

WCC online bookshop: English translation of Abbé Pierre's last book

In Mon Dieu, pourquoi? , France's leading champion of the destitute and homeless reflects on his life, faith, and vocation, on Christian faith and the meaning of human life, on pressing contemporary religious and social issues, and on such intimate and burning topics as sexuality and the marriage of priests, the place of women in the church, parenting by same sex partners, and the election of a new pope.

Hundred years after mission conference gave impetus to start of ecumenical movement, Kobia calls for ecumenically responsible evangelism

On the threshold of the 100th anniversary celebration of the 1910 Edinburgh World Mission Conference, widely regarded as the symbolic starting point of the modern ecumenical movement, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia offered a sober analysis of the past century's achievements and failures, and called for an "ecumenically responsible evangelism".

WCC Annual Review 2006

Now available in electronic and printed format, the WCC Annual Review 2006 is an illustrated account of WCC programmes and activities over the year. The Annual Review also contains key information on WCC member churches, governing bodies, finances, publications and other resources.

Kobia, in Wales, calls migration the "human side" of globalization

Global migration poses new challenges for churches worldwide, the WCC general secretary told the churches of Wales at the start of a trip to the UK and Ireland.

Kobia congratulates "heir of the Holy See of St Thomas in India" on his 90th birthday

In a congratulatory message to Metropolitan Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom, who celebrates his 90 th birthday on 27 April, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia evokes the outstanding ecumenical profile, and lifts up some of the exceptional qualities of the spiritual leader of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar.