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As Montet Focolare Centre closes, WCC connection with Focolare remains

As the Focolare Centre in Montet closed on 8 June, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay expressed gratitude for 43 years of collaboration with the centre, as well as the ongoing connection with the Focolare movement that will remain an inspiration moving forward. 

WCC sends greetings to Moster Jubilee in Norway celebrating milestone for Christianity

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay sent greetings to the gathering for the Moster 2024 Jubilee in Norway on 1 June. I offer a special greeting to Presiding Bishop Olav Fykse Tveit, our former WCC general secretary,” said Pillay. Moster 2024 celebrates the advent of law in Norway, brought in the name of Christianity through King Olav II’s assembly of bishops in Moster a thousand years ago.”

Embracing diversity at global gathering in Ghana

With a heart full of gratitude to God, for a time that became a sacred encounter with Christians from all over the world, Global Christian Forum (GCF) secretary, Rev. Dr Casely Essamuah, is pleased with the Fourth Global Gathering, which took place in Accra, Ghana, in April. 

Bishop Mikael Mogren shares world perspective—and deep local ties—from visit to Armenia

Rt. Rev. Dr Bishop Mikael Mogren, from the Diocese of Västerås in the Church of Sweden (Lutheran), recently returned from a trip to Armenia, where he met with H.H. Catholicos Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, as well as local church leaders and nongovernmental organizations. He took time to reflect on what has stayed on his mind and in his heart as he returned to Sweden. 

WCC expresses solidarity with churches and communities in Pakistan

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay expressed solidarity with churches and communities in Pakistan upon receiving the news of the brutal attack of Nazir Masih, a Christian, and the subsequent destruction of homes and businesses owned by the local Christian community in Sargodha in Punjab province, in Pakistan. 

His Beatitude Anastasios shares message of resilience and courage

His Beatitude Anastasios, archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, shares a message for the World Council of Churches (WCC) global fellowship, between the Orthodox Easter and Pentecost. In todays world, the message notes: The invoking of Christs name has no place in plans of political expediency and oppression of individuals and peoples.”

Anastasios, an honorary member of the Academy of Athens and a former WCC president, with more than six decades in the ecumenical movement, is known as a herald of peace and wisdom in inter-religious and international circles.