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Middle East church leaders respond to Iraq bombings: solidarity and work for peace needed

Middle Eastern church leaders have condemned attacks on Iraqi churches and called for solidarity following bombings at churches yesterday.

WCC statement on church bombings in Iraq

The WCC has forcefully denounced the series of bombings which targeted Christian churches in Iraq on 1 August 2004.

Nature and mission of the church: the "BEM" of the 21st century?

This document "will become a major ecumenical instrument for the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer" for the unity of Christian believers, stated Metropolitan Dr Gennadios of Sassima from the Ecumenical Patriarchate today, as he introduced the study "The nature and mission of the church" to the World Council of Churches (WCC) plenary commission on Faith and Order.

The other as a gift, not a threat

The Christian concept of pilgrimage was chosen as the main image to convey the meaning of the work of the Faith and Order commission by its former director Rev. Dr Alan Falconer in his report to the plenary commission meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 28 July to 6 August, 2004.

Protest as Mel Gibson's film shown only to Christians

The general secretary of the Council of Churches in Malaysia has criticized the decision by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board’s to restrict the showing of Mel Gibson’s film "The Passion of the Christ" only to Christians.

Call to costly acceptance

Paul’s call to Christians to receive each other is a call to move beyond the boundaries of our security, according to a major presentation given today to the WCC Faith and Order Commission, meeting in Kuala Lumpur 28 July - 6 August.

HIV/AIDS, climate change, economic globalization - WCC general secretary addresses pressing issues in Pacific agenda

"When we recognize that our lives are gracious gifts of God, it becomes our mission in this world to care for life and the dignity of all," said the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia in a public lecture given during his visit to Fiji last week.

Faith-based voices heard in Bangkok

Over one hundred faith-based organizations from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist traditions gathered at the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok to make their voices heard on issues related to HIV/AIDS.

How churches tackle HIV and AIDS care

Free multimedia coverage of the 15th International Aids Conference in Bangkok available at

Christian activists support hunger strike against Israel's "separation wall"

Free photos of the hunger strike tent available, see below.