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Solidarity with churches in the Middle East

The situation of the Middle East calls for collective efforts by ecumenical partners to achieve peace and justice at local, national, regional and international levels. The WCC aims to build a space where the entire ecumenical movement can put its collective energies and resources together for lasting peace.

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Films recognized for highlighting strength of the human spirit

Films recognized for highlighting strength of the human spirit

The 2018 Ecumenical Jury recognized two films in the Cannes Film Festival. The first, “Capharnaum,” by Nadine Labaki from Lebanon, portrays women and children, immigrants and outcasts, who have shown by their perseverance and ingenuity, love and courage, the full possibility of the human spirit.

Patriarch of Antioch consecrates new Syrian Orthodox Church in Oman

Patriarch of Antioch consecrates new Syrian Orthodox Church in Oman

His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, concluded a maiden apostolic visit to the Sultanate of Oman. The highlight of the five-day visit was the consecration of the new church, Mor Shmouni, in Ghala, Muscat, Oman, on 10 May.

يدعو مجلس الكنائس العالمي إلى السلام العادل ووضع حد للإفلات من العقاب في الأراضي المقدسة

يدعو مجلس الكنائس العالمي إلى السلام العادل ووضع حد للإفلات من العقاب في الأراضي المقدسة

أدان الأمين العام لمجلس الكنائس العالمي الدكتور أولاف فيكس تفايت استخدام العنف المفرط من قبل القوات الإسرائيلية ضد متظاهرين مدنيين في غزة خلال الأسبوع الماضي الذي أودى بحياة الكثيرين و فقد الكثيرون أحبائهم ، وأعرب عن شعوره بالقلق بشكل خاص بسبب احتفال بعض المسيحيين بنقل السفارة الأمريكية إلى القدس واعتبارهم لها كهدية من الله ، على الرغم من الطبيعة الاستفزازية لهذه الخطوة.

ה-WCC קוראת לשלום צודק ולסיום הפטירה מעונש בארץ הקודש

ה-WCC קוראת לשלום צודק ולסיום הפטירה מעונש בארץ הקודש

המזכיר הכללי של מועצת הכנסיות העולמית (WCC), הכומר דר. אולב פיסק טבית גינה את השימוש באלימות יתר על ידי הכוחות הישראלים נגד אזרחים המפגינים בעזה במהלך השבוע שעבר כאשר רבים מהם איבדו את חייהם או את יקריהם, והוא מודאג במיוחד מן העובדה שישנם נוצרים המהללים את מעבר השגרירות האמריקאית לירושלים כמתנת האל, למרות הטבע המשבש והפרובוקטיבי של מהלך זה.

WCC reiterates calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria

WCC reiterates calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria

In a 16 April statement, the World Council of Churches (WCC) urged the international community to find a way to break the cycle of violence in Syria. The statement comes two days after the USA, France and the UK carried out missile strikes following a suspected Syrian government chemical weapons attack.

“Humanitarian Corridors” open for Syrians fleeing Lebanon

“Humanitarian Corridors” open for Syrians fleeing Lebanon

On 27 March, a hug between a 7-year-old girl, Majida, and her grandmother reflected the bright light of possibility that the ecumenical Humanitarian Corridors project continues to bring to refugees arriving in Italy. The child was waiting with other family members at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome as her grandmother arrived, safely and legally, in Italy from Lebanon.

Fribourg film festival recognizes movies with a focus on human dignity

Fribourg film festival recognizes movies with a focus on human dignity

The Ecumenical Jury of the 32nd International Film Festival Fribourg, held 16-24 March, awarded its prize to the the film “Foxtrot” by Israeli filmdirector Samuel Maoz. The film portrays the ongoing presence of violence and death in the Israeli and Palestinian society due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film won the Don Quijote Prize of the international film clubs (FICC) as well.

Faces of Hope raises awareness

Faces of Hope raises awareness

A little more than a year ago Rev. Stacey Duensing went on a trip to Israel-Palestine together with her denomination, the Reformed Church in America. She returned home to the United States with a different perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A perspective she wanted to share with a broader public audience.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Vienna affirm social cohesion and peaceful coexistence

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Vienna affirm social cohesion and peaceful coexistence

Unity among religious leaders is growing and it is a powerful message of hope in the Arab region, Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have heard at a Vienna conference on peaceful coexistence and diversity, whilst advocating the necessity of even more dialogue.

WCC calls for immediate end to siege and civilian attacks in Syria

In a 26 February statement, the WCC expressed its dismay at the dramatic escalation of military actions against civilians in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, Syria.