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Mission from the margins

As an expression of its commitment to justice, human dignity and liberation the WCC, since its inception, has been a reliable partner of discriminated and excluded people in their struggles. This is a theological activity with people who are exposed to racism, indigenous peoples, migrants, Dalits and people with disabilities.

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The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation and World Council of Churches held a learning exchange activity in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on 28 November. The activity was attended by indigenous peoples’ organizations and support networks from the Philippines, Zambia, Peru, and Colombia.

US Catholic bishops approve pastoral letter against racism

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved on 14 November the formal statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” a pastoral letter against racism.

Remembering Dr Martin Luther King, Tveit reflects “you are the salt, you are the light”

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WCC president for Europe: “Develop local dialogue”

WCC president for Europe: “Develop local dialogue”

At a Conference on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination on 22 October in Rome, Archbishop Emeritus Dr Anders Wejryd, current WCC president for Europe, spoke with a focus on the origins and solutions to discrimination based on religion and belief.

Dalit Liberation Sunday empowers grassroots in India

Dalit Liberation Sunday empowers grassroots in India

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How can you help refugees?

What else could your family, your parish, your community do to respond to the needs of migrants and refugees arriving in your country? Representatives of many different churches met in Rome in September to discuss that practical question, as well as respond to the broader challenge of how people of faith can combat the rising tide of racism, xenophobia and nationalist policies that increasingly target vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers.

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Catholic official: we must walk and pray together with vulnerable people

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At global conference on xenophobia, refugees speak out on role of the church

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Catholics, WCC map future together after papal visit to Geneva

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