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Statement on the Escalating Crisis in Gaza

The executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, on 6 to 11 June 2024, lifts up the suffering of the civilian population of Gaza in the midst of the ongoing attacks in the territory, with a death toll now surpassing 36,000 people, over two-thirds of them children and women, more than 83% of the population displaced (in most cases repeatedly), the complete destruction of medical, educational, and other civilian infrastructure, with more than 50% of homes destroyed, leaving over one million people homeless. 

Executive committee

A reflection on the commemoration of Helena

Helena, along with her son Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman Emperor, are widely venerated as saints, especially in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Most Orthodox churches will contain an icon showing both Constantine and Helena and, in between them, held by both, a cross, probably representing the True Cross” – the one on which Jesus was crucified. 

Bischof Mikael Mogren spricht bei Armenienbesuch über Sicht auf die Welt – und seine tiefe lokale Verbundenheit

Bischof Dr. Mikael Mogren von der Diözese Västerås der Kirche von Schweden (lutherisch) kehrte kürzlich von einer Armenienreise zurück, auf der er sich mit S. H. Katholikos Karekin II., dem Obersten Patriarchen und Katholikos aller Armenier, sowie mit lokalen Kirchenleitenden und Nichtregierungsorganisationen getroffen hatte. Er spricht darüber, welche Gedanken und Emotionen ihm nach seiner Rückkehr nach Schweden geblieben sind.

2024 Joint North-South Korea Easter Prayer

It has been 28 years since the two Koreas began the Easter joint prayer together. It is a prayer that started with glory to God who gave him the strength to work for unification. I hope that unification alone will fulfill its last duty.

Seven Weeks for Water 2024, final refection: "Groaning earth needs resurrection through 'water of life'"

The last reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2024 series of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is jointly written by Rev. Audra Hudson Stone and Jacob Stone. They argue that natural disasters are not natural anymore; rather, they are human-induced. These disasters are the groaning of the earth, which is drawing our attention to mend our ways. The Stones are hopeful that, as Jesus rose from the shackles of death, the mother earth, too, will rise from its despair, suffering, and death through the water of life”—Jesus Christ. To that end, we need to facilitate and practice resurrection” of the earth!

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.