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The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches is currently in the Republic of Korea, visiting the country’s WCC member churches and ecumenical partners.
The WCC has welcomed ratification of the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty, a year after it was adopted by the UN General Assembly, but wants more action.
Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, newly elected patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, has received an affirmation from the World Council of Churches.
A group of activists from Manipur, India, visited the World Council of Churches HQ in Geneva recently, sharing accounts of human rights violations in their region.
In Egypt, 529 people have been sentenced to death in one of the largest trials in the history of the country.
European development agencies have urged the EU to develop a long-term strategy to reconnect Gaza to the West Bank.
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.