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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

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

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

WCC general secretary appeals for peaceful settlement between Congo and Rwanda

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has urged Joseph Kabia and Paul Kagame, the presidents, respectively, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and of the Republic of Rwanda, to "resolve the current crisis in the border area between Congo and Rwanda through dialogue, mediation and peaceful settlement".

WCC general secretary makes first visit to churches in Asia and the Pacific

On his first trip to the Asia and Pacific regions since taking office, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia will visit member churches and ecumenical organizations in Hong Kong, Australia and Fiji from 5 to 15 July. Kobia will also spend time with refugees, asylum-seekers and indigenous communities in Australia, and focus on HIV/AIDS in the Pacific.

Georgian Orthodox leader willing to resume collaboration with WCC

The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church has expressed his willingness to resume collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC) following the first meeting of senior staff of the ecumenical body with the leadership of the church since its withdrawal from WCC in 1997.

WCC general secretary comments on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, commented today on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture being commemorated tomorrow, Saturday, 26 June 2004:

Faith to play feature role at international AIDS conference

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WCC general secretary visits Germany

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia will visit Germany from 28 June to 2 July. This is Kobia’s first official visit to Germany since taking office in January 2004.

July 2004

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Former director of WCC's Programme to Combat Racism receives highest South African order

Baldwin Sjollema, first director of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Programme to Combat Racism (PCR), received the Oliver Tambo Order from South African president Thabo Mbeki on 16 June 2004 in Pretoria.