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WCC tribute to Pope Petros VII, patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa

It was with "deep sadness" that the World Council of Churches (WCC) received news of the "tragic accident in which Pope Petros VII, Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa and other members of the Patriarchate, including bishops, priests and lay staff, lost their lives".

UN remains indispensable, ecumenical leaders affirm

The general secretaries of eight regional ecumenical bodies and of the World Council of Churches (WCC) have sent a letter to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan "reaffirming the deep desire" of their organisations and member churches "to support the United Nations" and the person of its secretary-general "at this critical time on the world scene".

Churches world-wide to pray for peace on 21 September

Churches representing over 550 million Christians world-wide have been invited for the first time to mark 21 September as an International Day of Prayer for Peace .

Terror, fear and anxiety in Europe challenge theologians: Ecumenical perspectives

Some 200 Catholic scientists and theologians from 31 countries will discuss ecumenical perspectives with senior World Council of Churches (WCC) staff leadership during a full-day programme at the Ecumenical Centre , 150 route de Ferney, on Tuesday 31 August .

Bossey honoured by Romanian cultural award

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WCC leader recognizes "prophetic role" of churches in Korean unity and peace

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September 2004

+ Ecumenical leaders discuss future of ecumenism

Kobia salutes church growth in Korea and Asia, calls for renewal of ecumenical spirituality

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has recognized the dynamic growth of Christianity in Korea and Asia, and has appealed to Asian churches to take new responsibility in the global ecumenical movement. But he also warns against a "superficial Christianity" which does not respond to the spiritual yearning of people in the modern world.

Asian churches to tackle challenge of "Overcoming violence against children"

Concerned about the growing plight of children in many parts of Asia, church leaders will gather in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 28-31 August and from 1-4 September in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to evolve a strategy for mobilising churches to take a more active role in overcoming violence against children in both local and national contexts in Asia.

WCC executive committee to meet for first time in Korea; general secretary to visit Korean churches

The vitality of the churches and the ecumenical movement in Korea and the region will be at the centre of attention during a 24-27 August 2004 World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committe meeting in Seoul. The meeting will be preceded by a visit by the WCC general secretary to the Korean churches from 18-20 August 2004, and by a special programme for WCC executive committee members from 21-23 August 2004.

Message of hope from Faith and Order

A message to the churches from the World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order plenary commission meeting in Kuala Lumpur 26 July to 6 August refers to "a moment of hope" in its discussions.

Colourful ecumenism

By Juan Michel (*)