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WCC mourns passing of Archbishop Mor Gabriel Dahho

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the passing of Archbishop Mor Gabriel Dahho, Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, Jordan and the Holy Lands.

WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca extended condolences to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Anthioch.

ÖRK-Delegation erklärt sich beim Besuch in Syrien solidarisch mit Menschen, „die unerschütterlich in ihrem Land bleiben“

Gemeinsamer Syrien-Besuch des geschäftsführenden Generalsekretärs des Ökumenischen Rats der Kirchen (ÖRK), Priester Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca, mit dem Generalsekretär des Kirchenrats des Nahen Ostens, Dr. Michel Abs, und dem Generalsekretär von ACT Alliance, Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, sowie dem ÖRK-Programmreferenten zur Friedensarbeit, Michel Nseir.

WCC renews call for release of archbishops of Aleppo

World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca reiterated calls for the release of two Syrian archbishops, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi, who were kidnapped near Aleppo, Syria in April 2013.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity a “much cherished cooperation”

Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, World Council of Churches (WCC) interim deputy general secretary and director of Faith and Order, shares his insights on the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, to be held 18-25 January. Churches across the globe will reflect on the hope and joy in Matthew 2:2, We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him.” The Middle East Council of Churches, based in Beirut, Lebanon, was the convener for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 drafting group.

WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca visits Middle East Council of Churches

Middle East Council of Churches secretary general Dr Michel Abs welcomed World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca on 14 December at the headquarters of the Middle East Council of Churches General Secretariat in Beirut. The president of the National Evangelical Union in Lebanon and president of the Council for the Evangelical Family, H.E. Rev. Dr Habib Badr, as well the General Secretariat team in Beirut, also received Sauca.

"The Future of Interfaith Dialogue” conference shows transformative power of listening

An online conference, The Future of Interfaith Dialogue,” held  7-8 December, discussed principles for common formation as a vital element for the future of interfaith dialogue. Via panel discussion, participants discussed how the future of interfaith dialogue is best accomplished by encouraging common formation in which people, especially young people, of different faiths learn together with a common goal, and in the course of the learning discover more about each other.