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WCC calls for a permanent ceasefire and unhindered humanitarian access in Gaza

A statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee called upon "all parties involved to immediately commit to a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, to ensure unhindered humanitarian access from all borders and the delivery of sufficient quantities of aid to all those who need it, and to engage in meaningful political processes that allow the peoples of the region to live in peace and dignity.”

WCC strongly condemns new attack by Israeli forces near camp for displaced persons in Rafah

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay strongly condemned an attack by Israeli forces near a camp for displaced persons in the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Dozens of people were killed in the 26 May airstrike in an area where displaced civilians were sheltering in tents. The strike sparked a fire that tore across the camp, local officials said. 

Oriental Orthodox patriarchs in the Middle East conclude 14th meeting

The 14th meeting of the heads of the Oriental Orthodox churches in the Middle East; Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Mark; Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church; and Catholicos Aram I, Armenian Orthodox Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, was concluded at the papal residence in Cairo.

WCC condemns killing of aid workers in Gaza

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay condemned the killing of aid workers in Gaza, and extended condolences to the families and friends who are in shock and mourning upon hearing the news that an Israeli airstrike killed seven people working for World Central Kitchen.

On Palm Sunday, WCC walks in solidarity with Gaza Christians

On Palm Sunday, accompaniers from the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel walked in the traditional procession, carrying messages of solidarity with Gaza Christians during an especially painful time. 

Words of steadfastness ring from the rubble

We won’t leave Gaza as long as there is a standing church.” 

We will not be the last Christians living in Gaza.” “

We lost everything, but we can’t lose our mission and our belonging to this place dear to our hearts.”

Christianity started here and will continue to be here.”  

These are the words people are uttering as Nader Abu Amsha, executive director of Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches (DSPR-MECC), tries to help them simply survive the next day.