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In his traditional Christmas Day address, Pope Francis denounced religiously motivated violence and persecution, making a strong call for peace.
At Christmas 1914, four months into World War One, British and German soldiers on the Western front laid down their weapons. They exchanged small gifts, sang carols, buried their dead, and some even kicked a football around.
On 24 December 2014 an international law to regulate the global trade in armaments and ammunition enters into force.
Churches in Japan "are true witnesses of Jesus Christ through their words and deeds", says WCC General Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
After the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons and two earlier conferences, 44 states present call for a ban on nuclear weapons.
Quakers in Britain are calling on politicians to find the moral courage and political leadership to work for a nuclear ban treaty.
One of the tag-lines for our annual appeal (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/annualappeal2014) this year is "Christmas truce? Help make it permanent."
A World Council of Churches rep has joined a representative of the Moscow Patriarch to visit Ukraine and to encourage efforts toward peace.