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New ecumenical translation of the Bible to be launched

The first volume of the newly revised Traduction oecuménique de la Bible (TOB) will be launched at the World Council of Churches coinciding with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The launch will take place on

La Palestine, Israël et Genève: les Eglises oeuvrent pour la paix

Séance d'information pour la presse et apéritif pour la nouvelle année

Worship service launches DOV focus on USA in 2004. Calendar to be announced

"The power and promise of peace" is the compelling theme for activities to be carried out this year within the framework of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) 2004 focus on the USA. A Monday 12 January worship service will mark the opening of a year dedicated to strengthening and resourcing churches and movements working for peace in the USA.

January 2004

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Staff appointments in the WCC in 2003

Alexander Belopopsky from the UK was appointed coordinator of the WCC Public Information team by the WCC officers meeting in November 2003. Belopopsky, a lay member of the Orthodox Church (Ecumenical Patriarchate), has been responsible for the WCC Europe Desk since February 1996, and will move into his new position at the beginning of 2004. He replaces Sara Speicher from the USA, who moved to the UK end-November after 7 years with the Council. Before coming to the WCC, Belopopsky served as secretary-general of SYNDESMOS, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth. He has a degree in modern history from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France.

Inter-religious dialogue is necessary alternative to extremism, says Iranian leader

Cf. WCC Press Information Info-03-16 of 4 December 2003

Ceremony commemorates ecumenical solidarity with Algeria

An Aurès Cedar, representing over one million trees planted in an ecumenical re-forestation effort following the Algerian fight for independence from France, will be the center of a commemorative ceremony taking place on

Orthodox Patriarchate affirms "costly" commitment to WCC

Cf. WCC Press Release PR-03-35 of 25 November 2003

Christmas message

By Konrad Raiser