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Sixteen-day "On the wings of a dove" campaign to be launched by WCC

"On the wings of a dove", a sixteen-day World Council of Churches' (WCC) worldwide campaign to overcome violence against women and children, will be launched on Thursday 25 November 2004 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

Planners anticipate time of "inspiration and hope" at WCC ninth assembly

The WCC ninth assembly in 2006 should be a time of "inspiration and hope" for the churches according to members of the international planning committee after their first visit to the assembly venue in Porto Alegre, Brazil, last week.

WCC expresses condolences for Arafat, hopes for justice with peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed its condolences to the Palestinian people following the death of the president of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat.

Churches to discuss their international advocacy work while UN meets in New York

UN reform, economic justice, the crisis in Sudan and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will be the focus of this year’s World Council of Churches' (WCC) UN Advocacy Week, scheduled to take place from 14-19 November in New York City at the "Church Center" at the UN and the WCC's UN liaison office, with some seminars taking place in the United Nations building itself.

WCC representatives to attend Arafat's funeral

At the funeral service for President Yasser Arafat in Cairo on Friday, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will be represented by the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest member church of the WCC in the Middle East and the largest Christian church in the region. Pope Shenouda is also a former president of the WCC.

Central Committee 2005 Press Accreditation

In relation to the US presidential election on 2 November 2004, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia has written to the WCC's US member churches to assure them of the encouragement and support of the churches worldwide as "the choice of the US president is of great concern not only to the people of the USA but also to people across the world".

Von Hamburg nach Athen: Auf dem Weg zur Weltmissionskonferenz

Was brauchen wir in einem Land, dass zum Missionsfeld geworden ist, um missionarische Kirche zu sein? Wie können unsere Gemeinden zu heilenden und versöhnenden Gemeinschaften innerhalb auseinanderbrechender Gesellschaften werden? Wie bewegt Gottes Geist unsere Kirchen, speziell im deutschen Kontext? - Mit Fragen wie diesen beschäftigen sich 50 Interessierte und Expert/innen aus den verschiedenen konfessionellen Missionsvereinen und -werken in Deutschland als Vorbereitung auf die Weltmissionskonferenz, die vom 9.-16. Mai 2005 in Athen stattfinden wird. Sie treffen sich vom 27.-30. Oktober zu einer Konsultation in der Missionsakademie an der Universität Hamburg. Eingeladen haben dazu neben der Missionsakademie das Evangelische Missionswerk in Deutschland (EMW) und die katholische Missio, Aachen, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Ökumenischen Rat der Kirchen (ÖRK).

WCC general secretary to visit Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile on the agenda

Five countries in 21 days await World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia in Latin America, in what will be his first visit to the region since he took up the post.

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Churches' worldwide campaign to address violence against women and children

Churches worldwide will address violence against women and children within the framework of a World Council of Churches (WCC) campaign, "On the wings of a dove".

IMF and World Bank heads at WCC headquarters

World Bank (WB) president James D. Wolfensohn and International Monetary Fund (IMF) deputy managing director Agustín Carstens will join WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia and WCC president from Africa, Agnes Abuom for a high-level encounter between the three organizations to take place on 22 October, 2004 in Geneva's Ecumenical Centre.

From armistice to peace treaty: churches call for reconciliation between the US and North Korea, humanitarian support without conditions

"Reconciliation between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains the key to diffusing tension in the region," said participants in a 17-20 October consultation held under the auspices of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Tozanso, Japan.

Church representatives debate reunification of North and South Korea

US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said in the recent televized debate with George Bush that he favours bilateral talks between America and North Korea. The president, on the other hand, said that he favours the Six-Party Talks on the peaceful reunification of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Week of Prayer 2005: Growing collaboration between WCC and the Roman Catholic Church

The preparation of the 2005 edition of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has led to a new stage in collaboration between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church.