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70 years of the World Council of Churches

The 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches in 2018 is an opportunity to mark the achievements of the past 70 years in working for Christian unity and action, and to look to the challenges ahead as a fellowship of churches responding to God’s call for unity, mission, justice and peace.

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The pastor of a Protestant congregation in Geneva is excited that Pope Francis has accepted the invitation to join in celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. “This is a pope who is open, inclusive, and engaged and speaks about things that are important to Christians and all humanity. His visit encourages and supports unity in the body of Christ,” says Rev. Andy Willis, pastor of the English-speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva. “I am personally profoundly excited by what he represents.”

“Today is a day of joy and dancing” - North and South Koreans join in symbol of unity

“Today is a day of joy and dancing” - North and South Koreans join in symbol of unity

In a powerful symbol of unity, Christians from North and South Korea sang together yesterday during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Koreans linked arms to sing the 600-year-old folk song Arirang that is the unofficial anthem of Korea – the united Korea that existed until civil war divided the country in the 1950s.

Fellow pilgrims share stories of transformation

Fellow pilgrims share stories of transformation

“The pilgrim experience is one great communal prayer by walking together”, said Rev. Dr Fernando Enns, speaking to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee on 18 June, during a plenary on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

Ecumenical Patriarch praises “common pilgrimage” of WCC over 70 years

Ecumenical Patriarch praises “common pilgrimage” of WCC over 70 years

Representatives of churches worldwide gathered at Geneva’s St Pierre Cathedral for a service of celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), at which His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew urged continued efforts for unity, justice and peace.

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Christian communication group says media coverage affects response to social justice issues

Mass media can play a positive role in creating attitudes of tolerance and greater understanding in situations where racism might inflame an already difficult situations, says the head of a Christian global communication rights organization.

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WCC explores ecumenical diakonia as way towards renewed unity

“The invitation to a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace has presented a new opportunity for reorienting our understanding of diakonia, and to join together ecumenically in our diaconal work,” said Rev. Dr Kjell Nordstokke, speaking to the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee on 16 June.

Work for church unity includes breaking down barriers that divide humanity

Work for church unity includes breaking down barriers that divide humanity

Work for the unity of the church is inseparable from work for the unity of the human community and the whole of creation, according to the director of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Ecumenical Pilgrimage: Geneva's St John XXIII parish awaits Pope Francis's visit

Ecumenical Pilgrimage: Geneva's St John XXIII parish awaits Pope Francis's visit

Just a stone’s throw from the United Nations headquarters in Geneva lies the English-speaking Roman Catholic parish of St John XXIII. Together with the central Notre Dame Basilica, it provides for the spiritual needs of a diverse international crowd of diplomats, UN staff, business people and domestic workers.

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Scholars and students around the world will soon have access to a unique collection of documents that relate to the search for Christian unity online, instead of having to visit the archives in Geneva of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to seek out texts that are often difficult to obtain elsewhere.

Unity emerges from love and sharing stories, says Italian pastor

Unity emerges from love and sharing stories, says Italian pastor

It’s taken a while, but a Protestant congregation in Italy has learned to live together despite wide cultural diversity. The process has been guided by the pastor’s conviction that intercultural work is an expression of Christian unity.