The World Council of Churches has joined the National Council of Churches in South Korea in expressing grave concern at the redeployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to the seas surrounding the Korean peninsula.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged restraint to avoid any escalation of the situation in Syria, after the United States responded militarily to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this week.
A letter, signed by 4,000 Catholic priests, religious brothers and sisters and deacons has called on elected officials and citizens alike to fulfill the moral responsibility to welcome and protect those displaced from their homes, fleeing from war and other forms of violence.
A national priests' group has cited the words of Pope Francis: "Let us make non-violence our way of life", as they pledged support and offered assistance to US bishops regarding international justice and peace.
The government of Yemen has reportedly refused permission for the United States to carry out any further ground operations on its soil, after a US raid on a village saw several civilians killed, including children.
Quakers in Britain have responded to the global unease about recent political developments around the world with a clear statement asserting: “Humanity needs leaders of integrity and conscience, ready to be held to account by individuals and institutions, national and international."
Reacting to the recent suspension by the United States of its longstanding refugee programme, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday said resettlement is often “the only possible solution” for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the country, “should be removed sooner rather than later.”
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard, have welcomed a United Methodist Church statement on Trump's immigration order, given by Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.
Expressing concern regarding recently announced US measures related to refugee admissions and entry into the US by seven Muslim-majority countries, the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance and the Lutheran World Federation affirmed that faith calls all Christians to love and welcome the stranger, the refugee, the internally displaced person – 'the other.'