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June 18, 2009

The head of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has warned of a backlash in Europe against migrants and refugees, after gains by anti-immigration parties in elections to the European Parliament.

"Sometimes the ordinary Christians in the pew are confused or even hostile to refugees who...

May 28, 2009

A committee seeking a new general secretary for the World Council of Churches has drawn up a list of six names.

Although it did not release the list, sources linked to the Ecumenical Centre, where the WCC has its Geneva headquarters, identified six likely candidates. The council has 349...

May 26, 2009

At a time when the international community is reviving a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, the latest North Korean nuclear test is a source of profound concern, World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Samuel Kobia said.

"The World Council of Churches is deeply troubled...

December 12, 2008

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, has offered support to former South African president Thabo Mbeki "in his very difficult task" of negotiating an end to the crisis in Zimbabwe.

Kobia and Mbeki shared a platform in Maputo on December 12, the...

December 11, 2008

The World Council of Churches has announced plans to find a successor to the Rev. Samuel Kobia after the general secretary of the WCC had stated in February he did not wish, for personal reasons, to take on a second term of office.

"The general secretary -- man or woman -- will be...

September 26, 2008

The World Council of Churches has extended the contract of its general secretary, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, who announced earlier in 2008 that he would not seek a second term at the head of the world's biggest church grouping.

The extension decision was taken by the WCC's executive...

August 22, 2008

Church leaders around the world have continued their celebrations of the founding of the World Council of Churches 60 years ago in Amsterdam on August 23, 1948, when the grouping officially came together to forge greater Christian unity.

 

"Stating that in seeking Christ they...

February 20, 2008

While expressing cautious hope that the worst of the violence is over in Kenya, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has urged churches there to set aside partisanship and to promote a culture of dialogue that will help resolve long-standing tribal conflicts.

"The current constitution and...

February 20, 2008

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Samuel Kobia, has announced that he will not seek a second term at the head of the world's biggest Christian grouping.

"Kobia made his intentions known…stating personal reasons for his decision not to seek a second...

February 7, 2008

The main governing body of the World Council of Churches, its central committee, is meeting in Geneva from February 13-20 during which it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1948 founding of what is now the world's largest Christian grouping.

WCC leaders say, however, that the...

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