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Church leaders in eastern Africa call for urgent action on devastating locust invasion (By Fredrick Nzwili)

An estimated six million South Sudanese people face severe food insecurity and are in need of humanitarian aid

By Fredrick Nzwili Church leaders in eastern Africa are calling for increased action against desert locusts which have terrorised the region since January this year. Like scenes from the Book of Exodus, huge swarms of the insects have descended on the region, destroying farmlands and animal pastures. The outbreak is…

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World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation issue joint appeal to Nigerian president

The two organizations condemn all senseless killings and attacks that target people – Christians and Muslims alike – on the basis of their religious identity

In a joint appeal to Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation expressed grief at the continuing violence in Nigeria and urged the Nigerian government to better protect the people. "The recent execution of Rev. Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram, one of the…

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WCC condemns killing of Nigerian Christian Brethren leader

His abduction gained international attention when, on 5 January, his captors released a video in which he professed his Christian faith

Upon hearing news that Church of the Brethren leader Lawan Andimi was executed by Boko Haram on 20 January, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned the brutal act of violence and expressed his sincere condolences to Rev. Andimi's family, community and church. Andimi was…

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New South Sudan peace declaration brokered by Sant’Egidio comes into force

The declaration seeks to end any further armed confrontation across the country, creating an environment conducive for dialogue

Amid persistent worldwide spiritual and moral appeals for peace, reconciliation, and support, the government of South Sudan and holdout opposition groups recommitted to cessation of hostilities in a peace declaration brokered by the Sant’ Egidio, a Rome-based lay Catholic movement. The agreement is yet another key step in the attempt…

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Christmas ‘cancelled’ in Burkina Faso, in aftermath of extremist attacks

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has declared 48 hours of national mourning, and all Christmas celebrations have been cancelled

Simultaneous attacks by extremist insurgents on a military base and Arbinda town in Soum province in the north of Burkina Faso resulted in the deaths of 35 civilians – almost all of them women – as well as seven soldiers. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has declared 48 hours of…

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World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation meets with South African President Ramaphosa

The visit by the WCC is aimed at learning about two critical matters in South Africa: gender-based violence and femicide; and incidents of violence toward foreign nationals

On 9 December, a delegation led by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit met with the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and cabinet ministers in Johannesburg, South Africa. The  high-level delegation of the WCC with 16 representatives from all over the world, will be in…

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World Council of Churches (WCC) commemorates life of former Bossey director John Samuel Mbiti

Mbiti, a Kenyan-born Christian religious philosopher and writer, was an ordained Anglican priest, and as of 2005, a canon

The World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship joined family and friends of Prof. John Samuel Mbiti in giving thanks for his life and grieving his death on 6 October. Mbiti, a Kenyan-born Christian religious philosopher and writer, was an ordained Anglican priest, and as of 2005, a canon. Mbiti studied…

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Rev. Damon Mkandawire: “A man is a gender justice champion”

Rev. Damon Mkandawire is hospital administrator for the United Church of Zambia’s Mbereshi Mission Hospital

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Rev. Damon Mkandawire is hospital administrator for the United Church of Zambia’s Mbereshi Mission Hospital.…

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Dr Agnes Abuom: “Enough is enough”

Abuom is a laywoman in the Anglican Church of Kenya

This is the first in a series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. By standing together from many sectors and many countries, Thursdays in Black ambassadors are conveying a…

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World Council of Churches (WCC) supports health and wellness in Africa

Since its establishment, the WCC has engaged on health in Africa

The World Council of Churches (WCC) reiterated its commitment to supporting health and wellness in Africa before the 69th session of World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa. The regional committee, comprising health ministers from the 47 countries, is the governing body of the World Health Organization in the African…