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    Political solution is the only way to end Syria conflict

    Political solution is the only way to end Syria conflict

    “Violence begets violence. It is not possible for Syrians to overcome conflict without a political solution, strong democratic institutions and demilitarization of the country,” said Dr Haytham Al-Manna, a prominent Syrian human rights defender and opposition figure, head of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria (NCB).

    WCC congratulates Armenian Patriarch-elect of Jerusalem

    Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, newly elected as the 97th Patriarch of the Armenian Church in Jerusalem and Superior of the Brotherhood of Saint James, has received congratulations and an affirmation of support from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

    Brazilian youth advocate for peace in Palestine at WSF

    Brazilian youth advocate for peace in Palestine at WSF

    At the World Social Forum Free Palestine, young ecumenists from Brazil made their presence felt while advocating for peace in the Holy Land.

    WCC general secretary pays tribute to Patriarch Ignatius IV

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit attended the funeral of Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) in Beirut, on 9 December.

    A review of church-related economic measures

    Churches and church organizations around the world have been working together for many years to promote a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. One strategy has aimed at economic measures to encourage various actors to take action that would hasten progress towards the vision of peace.

    Aftermath of the UNGA vote

    Christians for Peace in the Middle East (CMEP) in a report has described the overwhelming United Nations General Assembly vote to upgrade the Palestinian delegation’s observer status to a “non-member observer state” as one born out of impatience with Israel's actions that "contradict the peace process.” CMEP describes how "in the weeks and days leading up to the vote, the United States and Israel looked for ways to stop it from taking place, issuing a number of threats including funding cuts, withholding tax revenue payments and increasing settlement construction."