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WCC’s engagement for children

The World Council of Churches is working to improve children's well-being through a variety of projects at local, national and global levels. Being present – and often the gathering point – in rural and urban communities, churches have a unique position to influence society at all levels, from parents and school teachers to decision-makers in public and private sectors.

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The “pilgrimage is both a way to continue working for the one ecumenical movement and a way to move forward in our times that offer new dimensions, opportunities and practices,” said the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

WCC general secretary represented faith-based organizations at UNICEF meeting

WCC general secretary represented faith-based organizations at UNICEF meeting

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, this week invited 20 of its major partners from the private sector and civil society to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The WCC general secretary represented faith based-organizations at a high-level breakfast in New York hosted by the UN agency.

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World Cup: Let the games begin, but with justice and peace

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For the National Council of Churches of Brazil (CONIC), the World Cup offers a unique opportunity to provide pastoral care and highlight understanding about Brazil.

WCC encourages “swift and peaceful” action to restore Nigeria’s missing girls

The abduction of more than 250 young women by the Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria has prompted “profound concern” from the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. In his letter to Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, Tveit encouraged “swift and peaceful” action to restore these students back to their homes.

WCC calls churches to pray for children

WCC calls churches to pray for children

To promote children's rights and eliminate violence against children, the WCC invites its member churches to join an inter-religious call for prayer and action on 20 November.

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