WCC encourages Norwegian churches to "overcome terror"

By staff writers
30 Jul 2011

In a letter to the Christian Council of Norway, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed support over the terrible killings last week.

The WCC General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fkyse Tveit and the Moderator of the WCC Central Committee, the Rev Dr Walter Altmann, expressed their “deep shock and sadness” concerning the attacks of last week.

“We wish to express our deepest solidarity with the people, churches and authorities of Norway,” they declared.

The letter, which was sent to Rev Ornulf Steen, General Secretary, and Professor Dr Sister Else-Britt Nielsen, Moderator, said "we ensure you of our total support for continuing to deepen and promote the Christian and moral values that are indispensably part of the common values systems of the Norwegian churches and society and of the ecumenical movement."

It concudes poignantly: "May God help Norway and all of us to overcome the wounds and consequences of these acts of terror."

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