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Greetings from the World Council of Churches (WCC) Geneva to the 8th biennial Zimbabwe Council of Churches General Assembly

It is with great pleasure that we have received your invitation to the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) biennial General Assembly scheduled to be held on 28 and 29 August 2020. Today, due to the global lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic which has taught us a new way of being church, a new way of being Christians and a new way of responding to our challenges and our society, the Council is holding this Assembly in a unique way.

General Secretary

WCC Statement on Hagia Sophia

Today, despite the appeals of Christian leaders around the world and many members of the international community, including a number of prominent Muslim leaders, the decision to reconvert the Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque was implemented, with Muslim Friday prayers being heard in the ancient building for the first time since the 1930s.

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WCC, WCRC, LWF, CWM letter to G20 finance ministers (July 2020)

The World Council of Churches (WCC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Council for World Mission (CWM), have followed with profound concern how the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis have continued to destroy lives and livelihood around the world. To date this has resulted in more than half a million deaths, massive unemployment, increase of debts, poverty, and inequality in many parts of the world.

General Secretary

Το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών για την Αγία Σοφία

Σήμερα, Σάββατο 11 Ιουλίου 2020, μετά από έντονο προβληματισμό και συντονισμένες προσπάθειες μακριά από το φως της δημοσιότητας, το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών αποφάσισε να απευθυνθεί στον Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν, Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας της Τουρκίας, με επιστολή του Γενικού Γραμματέα του.

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WCC letter to President Erdogan to keep Hagia Sophia as the shared heritage of humanity

Geneva, 11 July, 2020: In a letter to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof Dr Ioan Sauca is expressing his fervent hope and prayer that Hagia Sophia will not become once again a focus of confrontation and conflict, but will be restored to the emblematic unifying role that it has served since 1934. Read the full letter:

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