Posts Tagged ‘World Council of Churches’

Pope to join World Council of Churches anniversary Comments 0

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis will join the World Council of Churches 70th anniversary celebrations in June. The gathering will take place in Geneva. The World Council of Churches (WCC) includes 348 member churches across 110 nations. It is the largest umbrella group of Christian denominations in the world. Members include most Eastern Orthodox Read more

Children with HIV and AIDS need help Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Children with HIV and AIDS need better treatment like easier to swallow drugs say the World Council of Churches and many of Kenya’s faith leaders. They are challenging pharmaceutical companies to step up and help. The situation for very sick children in Kenya is bad, the church and faith leaders say. They estimate 26,000 children Read more

World Council of Churches General Secretary Visits New Zealand Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, opened his ecumenical and interfaith tour of New Zealand and Australia on 6 October. The first stop was Auckland with a powhiri at Te Karaiti Te Pou Herenga Waka Maori Anglican church in Mangere. Tveit will visit the region between Read more

Papua church leaders want inquiry into deaths Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A joint forum of Papuan church leaders and the Indonesian Communion of Churches [PGI] have urged Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged rights abuses in the Paniai shooting in Papua province. Five protestors were killed and at least 17 injured in the December incident in which security forces allegedly Read more

Archbishop with NZ link was a KGB agent Comments 0

Friday, August 15th, 2014

A church leader with responsibilities in Australia and New Zealand has been identified as a KGB agent. According to newly released Russian intelligence archives, the late Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, former Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand, was listed as a KGB agent. He was codenamed “Zorik” in the Read more

World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments Comments 0

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The World Council of Churches has decided to withdraw its investments in fossil fuel companies. The move has been hailed by climate campaigners as a major victory. The WCC represents half a billion Christians in 345 member churches, including the Church of England, but not the Catholic Church. It is not clear divestment in fossil Read more

WCC petition – Put West Papua on UN deconlonisation list Comments 0

Friday, November 15th, 2013

A petition has been circulated at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly calling for West Papua to be included on the United Nations list of territories to be decolonised. Pacific church leaders from 12 countries have signed the petition which also calls on the WCC to send a fact-finding mission to the Indonesian-controlled Read more

WCC General Secretary visits West Papua Comments 0

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The World Council of Churches General Secretary the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit was in West Papua (Tanah Papua) from 17 to 20 June as part of his ten-day visit to Indonesia. Tveit said the focus of his visit was to listen and support the church in its efforts of being church in a difficult situation. Read more

Concerns increase about violence in Tanah Papua Comments 0

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The World Council of Churches has expressed concern at the escalation of violence in Indonesia’s Tanah Papua area [West Papua], urging the authorities to stop the killings of civilians at the hands of armed forces. It has issued a statement at its meeting which was held in Geneva , Switzerland, 14-17 February 2012 highlighting what Read more