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Fr Ioan Sauca: “God is on the side of those who are suffering”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has, since the first day of the war in Ukraine and even in the months before, been working and praying earnestly for peace in this conflict and throughout the world. From the beginning, the WCC has called for an immediate end to armed hostilities, to stop the war and has appealed also for an immediate end to indiscriminate attacks with an escalating impact on civilians in Ukraine. WCC News met online with the WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca to get the latest update on the work of the WCC.

International symposium lays bare links between racism, colonialism

The systemic injustices of racism, colonialism and slavery—and how they feed into increases in violence and atrocities—held the attention of hundreds of people who attended the online Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs on 25 January.

Webinar remembers past massacres in Europe

A webinar on 6 December—last in an ongoing series— remembered past massacres in Europe. Panellists explored questions such as: How do we recognise these tragedies, and celebrate the survival, resistance, resilience, and heroes of these communities? How do we honour their martyrdom? What is done to prevent these victims from falling into amnesia or denial?

Webinar - Past massacres in the Middle East

19 November 2021

A webinar on 19 November—part of an ongoing series—will remember past massacres that took place in the Middle East.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A9raswe7RiSlq58xvexGHA

H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian honored for half a century of service

H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin) USA, was honored for half a century of service. 

The Holy Trinity Church of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania (USA), organized a ceremony and banquet as a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of his ordination.
 

Holy Places and our Human Identities: Address of Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca at the conference in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Holy Places and our Human Identities”, address of the World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca at the conference "International Religious Freedom and Peace – To Promote Freedom of Religion and Preservation of Spiritual, Cultural and Historical Heritage" held at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin from 8-12 September 2021.

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Christians, pastors and churches bear brunt of bandit attacks in Nigeria’s Kaduna State

In Nigeria’s northwest state of Kaduna, Christians are bearing the brunt of insecurity and violence, as bandits attack homes, villages and churches, killing Christians and kidnapping others for ransom.
At the centre of the communal violence is religious persecution, territorial ambition and ethnic cleansing in the region where communities have settled along religious lines, according to Rev. John Joseph Hayab, the country director for the Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria.
 

In Lebanon, “without peace there is no justice”

When Dr Michel Abs, secretary general of the Middle East Council of Churches, speaks about living conditions in Lebanon, his compassion for his people—and his passion for peace—brim over. In a video interview with the World Council of Churches, he honestly shared his deepest concerns about the current socio-economic crisis in his nation, and how churches are helping.

100 years after Tulsa massacre, webinar remembers victims

A webinar on 1 June—100 years after the Tulsa race massacre—honored the legacy of victims of past massacres.

From Tulsa, Rev. Dr Robert Turner, pastor of Historic Vernon chapel A.M.E. church and academic dean for Jackson Theological Seminary, spoke as he was getting ready to commemorate the victims of the massacre.