On 1 September, churches worldwide will come together to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and to observe the Season of Creation between that day and 4 October, a day for celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Many Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Anglican organisations will join to encourage Christians worldwide to pray and act on ecological issues.
The UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.
New statistics have been published showing how many asylum claims the UK has received in the first half of 2016. The figures also show how many asylum seekers have been granted refugee protection and from which countries people have fled.
In a letter issued on 25 August 2016, addressed to the Rev Luca Negro, president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the General Secretary of the WCC offered “heartfelt condolences to the people who lost family members and friends.” The letter follows the massive earthquake, which hit central Italy in the morning hours of 24 August.
France's failure to overturn a ban on the 'burkini' which promotes the humiliation of women, would be a missed opportunity to end an assault on women's freedoms, said Amnesty International as France's highest administrative court considers a challenge to the ban.