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Promoting Just Peace

Christians and churches are entrusted with the ministry of peace and reconciliation. The WCC response to violence and violent conflict today is based on decades of ecumenical deliberation, understanding, practice and advocacy. The project is participatory and action-oriented and assists churches and related groups to make progress toward greater unity for peace.

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WCC urges peaceful transition of power in Democratic Republic of Congo

WCC urges peaceful transition of power in Democratic Republic of Congo

Following presidential and parliamentary elections conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 30 December 2018, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling for a peaceful democratic transition of power.

Message of unity: New cathedral and new mosque inaugurated in Egypt

Message of unity: New cathedral and new mosque inaugurated in Egypt

A new Cathedral of the Nativity for Egypt’s Coptic Church of Alexandria was inaugurated near Cairo on 6 January, the eve of Coptic Christmas. The Al-Fattah Al-Aleem Mosque was inaugurated the same day.

Fr Alexi - a peacemaker in Syria

Fr Alexi - a peacemaker in Syria

WCC News met with the Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr Alexi Chehadeh, who leads the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East in Damascus, Syria. He is an impressive role model and peacemaker in Syria.

الأب أليكسي – صانع سلام في سوريا

الأب أليكسي – صانع سلام في سوريا

أجرى قسم الأخبار التابع لمجلس الكنائس العالمي لقاءً مع الأرشمندريت الموقَّر الدكتور أليكسي شحادة، وهو مدير دائرة العلاقات المسكونية والتنمية (DERD) التابعة لبطريركية أنطاكية وسائر المشرق للروم الأرثوذكس (GOPA) في سوريا. وهو مثال يُحتذى به وصانعٌ للسلام في سوريا.

" ما يهُم هو الفوز بالسلام في سوريا"، يقول مبعوث الأمم المتحدة

" ما يهُم هو الفوز بالسلام في سوريا"، يقول مبعوث الأمم المتحدة

استضاف الأمين العام لمجلس الكنائس العالمي، القسّ الدكتور أولاف فيكس تفايت، مأدبة غداء يوم 12 كانون الأول/ ديسمبر، اعراباً عن امتنانه للخدمات التي قدَّمها المبعوث الخاص للأمم المتحدة لسوريا، السيد ستافان دي ميستورا، في قصر بوسي بحضور سعادة السفيرة هايدي غرو، رئيس شعبة الأمن البشري التابعة لوزارة الشؤون الخارجية الاتحادية، سويسرا، وفرق مجلس الكنائس العالمي والأمم المتحدة المعنية بسوريا.

"What matters is winning the peace in Syria," UN envoy says

"What matters is winning the peace in Syria," UN envoy says

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit hosted a lunch on 12 December in gratitude to the services rendered by the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura at the Château de Bossey with ambassador Heidi Grau, Head of the human security division at the Swiss FDFA, and the UN and WCC teams on Syria.

Oslo prays for peace, in week of Peace Prize ceremony

Oslo prays for peace, in week of Peace Prize ceremony

Hundreds gathered in the Trinity Church in Oslo, Norway on 9 December for an ecumenical prayer for peace, in connection with the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

Panel on education and peace at UN in Geneva draws faith and secular sectors together

Panel on education and peace at UN in Geneva draws faith and secular sectors together

Peace education to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between people involving the religious and secular sectors is needed to counter uncertainty fed by radicalization and xenophobia, says a leading human rights advocate.

MECC general secretary said “reinforce wavering stability, and build steadfast and fair peace”

MECC general secretary said “reinforce wavering stability, and build steadfast and fair peace”

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) participated in a Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies on “Inclusive Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa.” The forum was held 14-15 November.

Church and Peace group calls for “active remembrance”

Church and Peace group calls for “active remembrance”

As an observance of the centenary of the end of World War I, the board of the European peace church network Church and Peace publicly called for active remembrance through nonviolence, pointing to the Gospel as a basis for this call.