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WCC mourns loss and celebrates life of Martin Conway

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Martin Conway, who passed away on 14 January at age 87. An Anglican who was a lifelong advocate for the ecumenical movement, he served as a staff member with the World Council of Churches (WCC), World Student Christian Federation, British Council of Churches, and other groups.

A tribute to Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia

The fellowship of churches constituting the World Council of Churches mourns the loss of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, an outstanding hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, one of the leading theologians today in the Orthodox world, a proliferous author, a teacher deeply respected by his many disciples around the world, a man of dialogue, a worldwide known ecumenist.

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.

Church and religious leaders worldwide pay tribute to Desmond Tutu’s life

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, one of the people who followed in the footsteps of Desmond Tutu as archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa announced the death of the Arch” as he was affectionately known on 26 December, fittingly celebrated in South Africa as the Day of Goodwill.”

WCC celebrates life of Brazilian theologian and ecumenist Zwinglio Mota Dias

Zwinglio Mota Dias used to make jokes about problems with the spelling of his first name in Brazil and elsewhere. In Brazil because of the first half of it. Elsewhere because of the second. Born to a Presbyterian family, his parents wanted to name him as a tribute to the great Swiss reformer of the 16th century, Ulrich Zwingli.

WCC mourns passing of Rev. Dr Jose Pepito Manansala Cunanan

Rev. Dr Jose Pepito Manansala Cunanan, who served as secretary of the Urban Rural Mission Programme at the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 1986-1989 and executive director of the Commission on Development and Social Concerns at the National Council of Churches in the Philippines from 1990-93, passed away on 12 October.