A photo from the Holy Land

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca called for an immediate cessation of hostilities between the Israeli military and militants in Gaza. The recent escalation of attacks has reportedly resulted in the deaths and injury of civilians in Gaza, and risks further escalation and yet more death and destruction, said Sauca. 

“We urge both sides to refrain from further attacks, in order to avoid more harm to the people of the region,” Sauca declared. "All parties must respect the principles of international law, which are also fundamental moral principles. The cycle of violence must be brought to an end.”

Sauca led a WCC delegation to visit the Holy Land in mid-July.

WCC acting general secretary visits the Holy Land (WCC press release 20 July 2022)