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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

"Accompany Israeli and Palestinian leaders with courage and patience in a direction that will give their people cause for hope," World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia says today in a letter to members of the UN Security Council's "Middle East Quartet".

Dr Han Wenzao

"Deeply saddened" by news of the death of Dr Han Wenzao, former president of the China Christian Council (CCC) and general secretary of the Amity Foundation, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, in a 7 February letter of condolence addressed to Rev. Cao Shenjie, president of the China Christian Council, described Dr HanÂ

H.B. Nikolay, archbishop of Presov and metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia

Responding to news of the death of H.B. Nikolay, archbishop of Presov and metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia today sent a letter of condolence to the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and in Slovakia.

WCC supports European churches' statements on "cartoons crisis"

"We very much welcome what churches in Europe are saying about this avoidable crisis: diversity of religion enriches Europe," said Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia today.

Tribute to Coretta Scott King

"… an extraordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life during an extraordinary time" is how World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, describes Coretta Scott King in a tribute sent today to member churches in the USA. The widow of the US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, died yesterday, 31 January, at the age of 78.

H.E. Evo Morales

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia wrote on 31 January to H.E. Evo Morales, congratulating him on his election as president of Bolivia.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

On 31 January 2005, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia wrote to H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, congratulating her on her recent election as president of the Republic of Liberia.

H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia on 27 January wrote to the metropolitan of the Malanka Orthodox Syrian Church in Kerala, India, expressing the Council's "deep sorrow" and extending its condolences to all the members of the WCC member church on the death of its former catholicos, HH Baselios Marthoma Mathews II.

International theological congress to debate mission and ecumenism

Over 100 theology students from Latin America and other regions of the world will participate in an international and ecumenical theological congress that will take place in parallel to the World Council of Churches' (WCC) 9th Assembly.

WCC deeply saddened by death of former German president Johannes Rau

It was with deep grief and distress that the World Council of Churches (WCC) received the news of the passing away of Dr Johannes Rau, the former president of Germany, "a friend of the ecumenical movement".

Sri Lanka: WCC backs churches' call for return to peace talks

"Dismayed and concerned" about the "recent lethal escalation of armed violence" in the North and East of Sri Lanka, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia wrote on 20 January to the country's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity plays role in developing ecumenical spirituality, Kobia says

The marks of ecumenical spirituality are "readiness to rethink and to be converted" and willingness "to bear the otherness of the other, including refugees, people of another colour and other faiths, the old and the poor - all God's people," said Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia yesterday, the first day of the 2006 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.