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Konrad Raiser criticizes moral and religious arguments to legitimize war against Iraq

The question of the legitimacy of the US-led coalition forces' decision to use military force to disarm Iraq, including the attempt to use moral and religious arguments to justify that decision, is addressed by Konrad Raiser, World Council of Churches' general secretary, in an opinion piece published on Tuesday, 8 April by the International Herald Tribune.

WCC Cyprus visit: "Reconciliation needs to begin now"

Cf. Press Update, UP-03-12 of 27 March 2003

Impunity in Latin America

In the context of the current, 59th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the International Commission of Jurists, the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), Pax Romana-ICMICA, and the International Service for Human Rights are organizing a

Information, resources and analysis on churches and Iraq

The latest edition of the electronic bulletin "Behind the News: Visions for peace - Voices of faith", which focuses on the war in Iraq and provides information about statements and actions of churches and the ecumenical family, humanitarian relief, and additional resources and information, is available at:

WCC to denounce increasing violence against Dalits in India

Cf Press Release PR-03-13, 19 March 2003

WCC general secretary challenges Bush's religious claims

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Ecumenical prayer service for peace to be held today

As the military attack on Iraq has begun,

Ecumenical Prayer Service for Peace: message and worship order

The message delivered by Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, World Council of Churches general secretary, during an ecumenical prayer service for peace that was held today, Thursday 20 March, at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, as well as the worship order used on this occasion, are available at:

WCC statement on Iraq: "Wars cannot be won, only peace can"

Reacting with "profound sorrow" to news that a military attack on Iraq has begun, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser has today released a statement calling the attack "immoral, illegal and ill-advised".

UN Human Rights Commission: WCC to highlight increasing religious intolerance

Increasing religious intolerance in India, Indonesia and Pakistan is being highlighted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the current (59th) session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) that began on 17 March and continues through 24 April. The denial of socio-economic and cultural rights to the people of West Papua, as well as human rights violations committed under the Israeli military occupation of Palestine will also be addressed by the WCC.

Pakistan foreign minister says Islamic leaders should thank European and US Christian churches

"I told Islamic leaders they should thank the churches and Christians in Europe and the US for their stand on military violence against a Muslim country," said the foreign minister of Pakistan, Mr Mehmood Kasuri, to World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser during a March 8 meeting between the ecumenical leader and Pakistan government officials.

Ecumenical delegation to visit the Ivory Coast : An interfaith initiative for peace and reconciliation

Demonstrating their solidarity with the country's churches, an ecumenical delegation will be visiting the Ivory Coast from 10 to 12 March in order to explore the possibility of interfaith dialogue to help solve the political and ethnic conflict that is dividing that country.

Day of prayer for peace in Iraq: liturgical resources

The WCC Executive Committee on 20 February invited churches around the world to unite in prayers for peace in Iraq on the first day of Lent (see their statement at www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/international/exco03-iraq.html ). Liturgical resources in various languages contributed by members of the international ecumenical community are available on our website at:

WCC general secretary to visit Asian countries Christian minorities not alone

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will be visiting four Asian countries from 26 February to 9 March. Laos, Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Pakistan will be receiving their first official visit from a WCC general secretary. The visit will assure Christian communities living in a minority situation that they have the support of the worldwide ecumenical family.

WCC Executive Committee states "Stop threats of war on Iraq!" Supports peace processes in Cyprus and Sri Lanka

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, 18-21 February, "strongly deplores the fact that the most powerful nations of this world again regard war as an acceptable instrument of foreign policy" in a statement against military action in Iraq. Expressing deep concern for the humanitarian situation in Iraq, and the need for all political leaders to pursue paths for sustainable peace in the region, the Executive Committee calls on churches to join in a day of prayer for peace in Iraq at the beginning of Lent.

WCC event to highlight Ecumenical Campaign and Accompaniment Programme

In conjunction with the meeting of the World Council of Churches' Executive Committee, the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches will organise