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December 2004

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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".