March 21, 2013
- The WCC general secretary attended the enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby in England, expressing “heart-felt congratulations” and “profound prayers for his new ministry”.
- The WCC general secretary has expressed support of the religious track of the Cyprus peace process.
- For Asian churches, the theme of the upcoming WCC assembly is more than a prayer, a reminder to the church or harbinger of the future.
March 19, 2013
- The WCC general secretary attended the mass in which Pope Francis, the new pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, was installed on 19 March at the Vatican in Rome.
- To strengthen Christian mission and witness, it is essential to evolve creative ways of implementing a new statement on mission, issued last year by the WCC, in the lives of churches.
March 15, 2013
- The upcoming 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Busan, Republic of Korea, will present an opportunity for sustained ecumenical formation and theological education.
- “A church has to embrace its sick, go out in the world, and work with its people to heal the communities,” said Dr Erlinda N. Senturias from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, in an interview.
- The WCC Executive Committee has expressed deep concern about the alarming increase in threats to human security in Latin America. In its statement the committee has called for renewed efforts by churches to ensure peaceful and just societies.
March 14, 2013
- Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, archbishop of Buenos Aires, has made history as the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church from Latin America, from the Jesuit order, and the first to adopt the name of Francis, inspired by St Francis of Assisi. His election has invoked diverse reactions from ecumenical leaders in the Latin America region.
March 13, 2013
- The WCC general secretary has expressed ecumenical greetings and an assurance of continuing engagement with the Roman Catholic Church in the era of its new pontiff, Pope Francis I.