The WCC has asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to mandate an urgent mission and joint report – including the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief – drawing on the experiences of minority communities in northern Iraq victimized by the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS).
Pope Tawadros II speaks on role of Coptic Church in Egyptian society during his visit to WCC offices
Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt visited the WCC offices in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday 1 September. In the presence of representatives from ecumenical and international organizations, Tawadros participated in morning prayers on 1 September followed by a meeting with staff and a conversation with the WCC general secretary.
In an interview published on the Christianity Today website, Baptist pastor Hanna Massad speaks about what he sees happening as he helps to shelter Gaza’s Christians and others during the current conflict. "This suffering afflicts both Christian and Muslims," he states, and also explains: "For us as Christians, for me, one person killed is too many, either Palestinian or Jew, because each of us is created in the image of God."
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) was launched by the WCC in 2007 to catalyze and co-ordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to inter-religious action for peace and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
PIEF acts to
- challenge government support for the occupation
- challenge public support for the occupation
- challenge theological and biblical justifications for the occupation and
- maintain viable the Palestinian Christian presence in the Holy Land.