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Cooperation with Catholics is vital says WCC leader

The moderator of the World Council of Churches has warned against his grouping’s adopting a "self-contained, self-centred" attitude and says cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church is vital for the future of Christian unity. "The World Council of Churches should not remain in a self-contained, self-centred existence," said Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Church at a media conference ...

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A new element in migration for churches to deal with

As issues around migration, both voluntary and forced, become more complex, the efforts of churches are becoming increasingly critical to the survival of refugees worldwide, participants at a global church gathering have heard. "We know the long-term solution is peace and stability, so that people can be taken care of in their own homelands," said Georges Mourad of Lebanon. "But ...

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First openly gay bishop in US says he is being treated for alcoholism

Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church, says he is undergoing treatment for alcoholism. In a letter to the Episcopal churches in New Hampshire state, where he serves as bishop, and made public earlier this week, Robinson said he would spend all of February at a treatment centre, whose location he did not disclose ...

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Global churches urged: ‘Speak with one voice’ on climate change

The top official of the World Council of Churches says climate change represents one of humanity’s most dire threats and he has appealed to denominations around to world to speak with one voice to alert political leaders to tackle the issue. "Just as atomic weapons changed the very way we thought about life, so too the potential of major climatic ...

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Only God can step in for where globalisation fails, says WCC leader

The top official of the World Council of Churches says climate change represents one of humanity’s most dire threats and he has appealed to denominations around to world to speak with one voice to alert political leaders to tackle the issue. "Just as atomic weapons changed the very way we thought about life, so too the potential of major climatic ...

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Women participants now 45 per cent at world church

Women are playing a stronger role than in the past at the assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) where 45 per cent of participants are females, leaders from the world’s largest grouping of churches say. "The World Council of Churches provides a space for women," said Agnes Abuom, the WCC’s Africa regional president on 14 February, the opening ...

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World Council of Churches assembly opens in Brazil

Interfaith dialogue is high on the agenda for leaders of the world’s major Christian traditions gathering in the southern Brazil city of Porto Alegre for the once-every-seven-years assembly of the World Council of Churches. The meeting opens on 14 February and takes place against a background of an upsurge in tensions in faith communities triggered by the publication of cartoons ...

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Women participants now 45 per cent at world church gathering

Women are playing a stronger role than in the past at the assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) where 45 percent of participants are females, leaders from the world’s largest grouping of churches say. "The World Council of Churches provides a space for women," said Agnes Aboum, the WCC’s Africa regional president said on 14 February, the opening ...

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Pope to work with World Council of Churches for Christian unity

Pope Benedict XVI has pledged to continue working with the World Council of Churches – the world’s biggest church grouping – in promoting Christian unity. "We look forward to continuing this journey of hope and promise, as we intensify our endeavours towards reaching that day when Christians are united in proclaiming the Gospel message of salvation for all," said Pope ...

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Christians, Muslims must join hands to douse cartoon ‘fire’ says WCC

Christians and Muslims must work together to "put out the fire" created by recently published cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad, the World Council of Churches’ top official has said. The Rev. Samuel Kobia said the WCC’s ninth assembly which runs from 14-23 February "may well have something to say" about the furore surrounding the cartoons. But ending the crisis, which ...

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