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    مجلس الكنائس العالمي قلق جداً بسبب المصادمات العنيفة في إسرائيل وفلسطين

    عبرت اللجنة التنفيذية لمجلس الكنائس العالمي مجدداً عن قلقها حيال التطورات الأخيرة في إسرائيل وفلسطين مشددة على "رفض مجلس الكنائس العالمي للعنف والظلم" وكررت "دعواتها الملحة لاحترام حقوق الإنسان لجميع سكان المنطقة بغض النظر عن هويتهم الوطنية، العرقية أو الدينية"، وذلك في تصريح صدر خلال اجتماع اللجنة التنفيذية في جنيف، سويسرا، المنعقد بين 13 و18 نوفمبر / تشرين الثاني.

    Political tension in Palestine mutes Christmas celebrations

    Even though the Christmas tree on Bethlehem’s Manger Square has officially been lit, festivities in Bethlehem, the place where Jesus was born, will be muted. The ongoing unrest across the Holy Land makes celebrations difficult.

    “Religion, Peace and Violence” is theme for Christian-Muslim  meeting in Geneva

    “Religion, Peace and Violence” is theme for Christian-Muslim meeting in Geneva

    Mere days after terror attacks in Beirut and Paris, the theme of an interfaith meeting of Christians and Muslims at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on “Religion, Peace and Violence” was entirely appropriate, said participants.

    WCC gravely concerned over violent confrontation in Israel and Palestine

    Horrified by recent developments in Israel and Palestine, the Executive Committee of the WCC has expressed again “the WCC’s rejection of violence and injustice” and has reiterated “its frequent call for respect for human rights for all people of the region, regardless of their national, ethnic or religious identity”.

    Common prayer in Geneva responds to acts of violence

    Common prayer in Geneva responds to acts of violence

    Commemorating the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23 was to have been the principal focus of the service of Sunday morning prayer on 15 November in the cathedral church of Saint-Pierre at the summit of Geneva’s old town. Following terror attacks in Beirut and Paris killing and wounding hundreds of civilians over the preceding days, the prayers of the Protestant Church of Geneva and the WCC Executive Committee took on a new dimension.

    تفجيرا بيروت يثيران استنكار الكنائس ومجلس الكنائس العالمي

    استنكر مجلس كنائس الشرق الأوسط ومجلس الكنائس العالمي التفجيرين الأخيرين اللذين ضربا حياً مدنياً مكتظاً بالسكان في بيروت، لبنان وعبّرا عن إدانتهما لهذا العمل، وعن تعاطفهما مع الشعب اللبناني، وعن إصرارهما على العمل الدؤوب والسعي إلى السلام والاستقرار في كافة مناطق الشرق الأوسط.

    مجلس الكنائس العالمي يدين الاعتداءات الإرهابية

    أدان مجلس الكنائس العالمي بشدة الاعتداءات الإرهابية في كل من باريس وبيروت. في تصريح صادر في الرابع عشر من نوفمبر / تشرين الثاني خلال اجتماع اللجنة التنفيذية في بوجي- بوسي، سويسرا، أعلنت اللجنة التنفيذية ما يلي:

    WCC strongly condemned terror attacks

    WCC strongly condemned terror attacks

    The WCC Executive Committee has strongly condemned the latest terror attacks in Paris and Beirut.

    Beirut bombings stir churches’ and WCC condemnations

    Beirut bombings stir churches’ and WCC condemnations

    Bombings in a crowded civilian shopping area in Beirut, Lebanon, have been responded to by both the Middle East Council of Churches and the WCC with expressions of sympathy, outrage and continued resolve to work for peace and stability in the Middle Eastern nation.

    Lutheran bishop advocates for “resistance of prayer” amid Palestinian-Israeli violence

    Lutheran bishop advocates for “resistance of prayer” amid Palestinian-Israeli violence

    Addressing a Council for World Mission Theological Colloquium in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and president of the Lutheran World Federation affirmed the “need of a spirituality that helps us remain steadfast, that gives us the courage to act not with hatred and revenge, but in the pursuit of peace based on justice”.

    Palestinian Christian leaders call for international invention

    On 7 October 2015, a group of local Christians convened by the co-moderators of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum met to assess the current situation and discern how Christians should act in the local context and on the international level regarding the conflictive situation in Palestine and Israel.

    International conference addresses challenges in the Middle East

    International conference addresses challenges in the Middle East

    An international conference held at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Nikos Kotzias, has gathered around 70 prominent religious, political and academic figures in Athens, Greece, this week.

    Local and global work saves lives

    Local and global work saves lives

    It is raining. It is cold and windy. Autumn is in the air in northern Greece. We have just arrived at the Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece, on the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The fast-approaching winter poses as great a threat to the refugees as do the smugglers. In the worst case, winter means death.

    WCC expresses concern over renewed violence in Jerusalem

    The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed deep concern over the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem. In a letter to WCC member churches in Palestine and Israel, he expressed solidarity with the churches and peoples of the land, and affirmed WCC’s commitment to justice and peace in Palestine and Israel.

    مجلس الكنائس العالمي يدعو إلى إنهاء التدخلات العسكرية الخارجية في سوريا

    في إعلان رسمي صدر في 12 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر، عبر مجلس الكنائس العالمي عن قلقه الشديد حيال التصعيد الدراماتيكي للنزاع في سوريا

    WCC calls for an end to foreign military interventions in Syria

    In an official statement issued on 12 October, the WCC has expressed grave concern over the dramatic escalation of the conflict in Syria.

    Kairos Palestine condemns attacks on Al Aqsa Mosque's status

    In a video message, Yusuf Daher of Kairos Palestine speaks about recent incidents that called into question the status of the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the need to respect the status quo both on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem.

    A chat with the MECC secretary general

    A chat with the MECC secretary general

    It was a day of “looking forward” when church leaders, journalists and communications experts gathered outside Beirut on 11 September for the one-day communications workshop at the General Secretariat of the Catholic Schools in Lebanon.

    Ecumenical delegation visits Iraq, addresses displacement of religious and ethnic minorities

    Ecumenical delegation visits Iraq, addresses displacement of religious and ethnic minorities

    An ecumenical delegation organized by the WCC was received by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government, on 28 September 2015 in Erbil. The ecumenical delegation had spent six days visiting the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – including the Duhok area, part of the Nineveh Plain, and Erbil – and represented the WCC at the 27 September enthronement of the new Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Gewargis III, in Erbil.

    Statement from Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

    Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem denounce the closure the Christian schools in Israel