World News

  • February 15, 2016

    The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has issued a statement on behalf of the Council hailing the historic meeting of Pope Francis, pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, and Patriarch Kirill, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • February 15, 2016

    The United Nations has reported that Afghan hostilities in 2015 left more than 3,500 civilians dead, including an unprecedented number of children – one in four casualties over the past year was a child – and nearly 7,500 others wounded, making this the highest number of civilian casualties recorded.

  • February 12, 2016

    On 8 February, the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened a strategy meeting between principals and senior staff of the ACT Alliance, Anglican Alliance, Caritas Internationalis, Globethics, Lutheran World Federation and WCC, to discuss communication and collaboration in policy engagement, advocacy and action.

  • February 12, 2016

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ordered Paraguay’s government to protect an uncontacted tribe from being wiped out.

  • February 10, 2016

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced yesterday (9 February) that it has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in Aleppo.

  • February 9, 2016

    Tens of thousands of people displaced by joint Russian and Syrian government attacks in the north of Syria must be allowed to cross the border to safety in Turkey, Amnesty International said amid reports that thousands of people are waiting at border gates that remain closed.

  • February 8, 2016

    The annual meeting  between the officials of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the staff of the Office for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches took place in Geneva 3-4 February. Appropriately this was during Interfaith Harmony Week.

  • February 8, 2016

    Christian Aid has welcomed the commitments that were made last week by the UK, Germany, France and others to increase humanitarian support for Syrians and the region.  However the charity added that real relief will only happen when the bombs stop.

  • February 5, 2016

    the World Council of Churches, along with the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church and the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists has promoted the 2nd Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organisations in International Affairs, under the theme of 'Religion, Violence and Extremism'.

  • February 4, 2016

    Just two days after declaring the official start of delayed intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to end five years of bloody warfare, the UN mediator has suspended them for three weeks following differences between Government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.