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August 4, 2010

The World Council of Churches has reaffirmed the vision of a world without nuclear weapons, in marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing in 1945 of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

"Sixty-five years on, nuclear bombs still threaten humanity and deny a lasting peace," WCC general...

June 25, 2010

The head of the World Council of Churches has appealed to world leaders gathering in Canada to ensure that long-term development assistance is provided for Haiti, still reeling from a devastating January earthquake. "There is a great need for a more-long-term perspective for aid and not just an...

February 24, 2010

Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Muslims could strengthen Christians in persuading global leaders to agree to ambitious and sustainable goals at the next international talks on climate change if they joined forces, says the newly appointed general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

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January 26, 2010

The head of the world's largest grouping of churches, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, is to tell the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that Haiti's foreign debt must be immediately and unconditionally canceled. Tveit, a Norwegian Lutheran, who took over as general secretary of the World Council...

September 7, 2009

Three women who serve as presidents of the World Council of Churches have expressed "considerable concern and great disappointment" about the lack of women in senior staff leadership positions in the world's biggest church grouping.

Speaking in early September to a meeting in Geneva of...

September 3, 2009

The main governing body of the World Council of Churches, its central committee, issued declarations on several global public issues during its August 26-September 2 meeting in Geneva.

The WCC represents more than 560 million Christians and has 349 members, principally Orthodox, Anglican...

September 2, 2009

The main governing body of the World Council of Churches has called on the government of Pakistan to repeal the section of the country's penal code which carries a mandatory death penalty for anyone found guilty of blasphemy.

At an August 26 to September 2 meeting in Geneva, the WCC's...

September 2, 2009

The World Council of Churches has called upon the Israeli government to "implement an open-ended freeze" on all settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "in preparation for negotiating peace in good faith" in the region.

"Even as Israel's own right to...

August 27, 2009

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, a Lutheran pastor in the Church of Norway, has been elected as general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

The announcement was made in Geneva on August 27 by the WCC's main governing body, its central committee.

Tveit, 49, is general secretary...

June 29, 2009

The World Council of Churches says it has identified two candidates -- one a Korean Presbyterian and the other a Norwegian Lutheran -- for the post of general secretary, which becomes vacant on January 1, 2010.

According to a June 26 statement from the WCC, the two candidates are: the...

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