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Human rights and church activists are calling attention to the severe persecution of Bangladesh’s religious and ethnic minorities.
There was delight at the release earlier this month of Greek Orthodox nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula.
World Council of Churches General Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed “grave concern” about a law recently passed by the Israeli Knesset or parliament.
The South African Council of Churches has elected new leaders at its Triennial Conference in Johannesburg, which also emphasised the vocation to justice and peace.
The World Council of Churches president for Latin America and the Caribbean has expressed concern over political violence in Venezuela.
An “inter-generational dialogue on faith, culture, HIV and sexual reproductive health and rights” was initiated last week.
Pope Francis met with Rev Olav Fykse Tveit, Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, on 7 March in an encounter described as "very positive".
Faith-based groups, with the United Nations, have urged expansion of access to anti-retroviral treatment for persons living with HIV and AIDS.
Faith leaders, religious communities and governments can working together for justice and peace, says the WCC.
The seventh round of a conversation between Christians and Muslims has been held in Tehran, Iran, this month.