In an official statement issued on 21 July, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed deep concern over the exodus of the Christian community from the Iraqi city Mosul occurring due to threats from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Tveit called these developments a “tragedy” for both Christians and Muslims.
Canadian friends of Sabeel have appealed to "all people of good faith at this time to remind all governments of the futility of force as a means to peace, and to pray and act immediately for an end to Israel’s onslaught in Gaza, ultimately toward a just peace with reconciliation for all in Palestine and Israel."
Vatican Radio reports that "as fighting intensifies in the Gaza Strip, faithful are gathering in the parish Church of the Holy Family to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for forgiveness, justice and peace for all."
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.