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Archbishop issues Ascension Day prayer for peace in Africa, Europe & the Middle East

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has urged people to pray for peace on Ascension Day, and has issued a special prayer for parishes and Dioceses to use.

Preaching at a memorial service for the Revd Siyabulela Gidi, who died suddenly in Cape Town recently, he appealed to everyone “to give peace a chance wherever we are and in whatever we do.”

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Archbishop Gallagher: Vatican committed to Ukraine’s territorial integrity

On Thursday, the second day of his visit to Ukraine, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States met with the Mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, and Maksym Kozytsk, the Governor of Lviv Regional State Administration, in the Curia of Lviv Archdiocese.

He was joined by Metropolitan Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki of Lviv, Auxiliary Bishop Eduard Kava, and the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Holy See, Andriy Yurash.

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“Changemakers” course will help empower the grassroots for freedom of religion or belief

Many people are worried about freedom of religion or belief violations in their communities but unsure of how to make a difference. The new learning materials are designed to empower local communities to make change.

The course will be publicly launched in English, Arabic and French during a digital event on 25 May.

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As WCC 11th Assembly approaches, anticipation and hope begin to bloom

The foundation for the assembly—including the business aspects, spiritual life, or open dialogue—is the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”

The assembly is also rooted in common faith as a gathering of the fellowship of churches that confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour.

All of this will occur amid today’s stark global realities: wars and conflicts, COVID-19, the climate emergency, racism, authoritarian politics, digitization, militarization.

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Pope to Mission Societies: ‘Be faithful, bold and creative’

“In this special year you have gathered in Lyon, the city where the Pontifical Missionary Societies originated and where the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, will be celebrated,” writes Pope Francis in a message to members of the Pontifical Mission Societies who are marking a series of anniversaries including the 200 years from the foundation of their institution.

Pauline Jaricot was a French laywoman who felt the call to missionary life and founded the association of the “Propagation of the Faith” which was approved by Pope Pius VII in 1823.

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WCC Inter-Orthodox Pre-Assembly: “the call for unity, reconciliation, justice, and peace remains our mission today”

An Inter-Orthodox Pre-Assembly held last week affirmed “the utmost importance of love” and a “call for unity, reconciliation, justice, and peace,” according to a communique jointly released from the 50 participants, which included delegates from 20 Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches.

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New and old epidemics in focus at WCC gathering in Nairobi

The WCC Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy International Reference Group and the WCC Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance HIV and AIDS Strategy Group and Health and Healing met in Nairobi from 10-12 May. 

The first meeting after the beginning of the COVID-19 was a time of renewed fellowship and collaboration. The meeting particularly celebrated the inclusion of a skilled person living with HIV, Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga in the staff of the WCC, bringing the lived reality of people with HIV to this work. 

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Pope: ‘May the new Saints inspire solutions for peace’

Pope Francis has again called for efforts on behalf of world leaders to embrace a culture of dialogue and become protagonists of peace and not of war.

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African Faith Leader Urges Global Covid-19 Summit to ‘Make Bold Commitments’

 An African religious leader has urged a global coronavirus summit to give low- and middle-income countries more control over the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatments.

The Anglican archbishop of Southern Africa, Thabo Makgoba, made the call at a meeting of faith leaders alongside the main summit, co-hosted by the United States, Senegal, Belize, Germany and Indonesia.

The White House summit was addressed on Thursday by leaders including President Joe Biden of the United States, Senegal’s President Macky Sall and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa. The side event was arranged by Faiths4Vaccines, a multifaith coalition of U.S. religious leaders, and the U.S. government aid agency, USAID. It featured representatives of faiths throughout the world.

Archbishop Makgoba highlighted the control over Covid-19 supplies exercised by wealthy nations, and urged them “to build on the common good that we’ve created over years within the global community”.

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Pope’s Migrants Day message: ‘Better future must be built with foreigners’

“Building the future with migrants and refugees means recognizing and valuing how much each of them can contribute to the process of construction.”

Pope Francis offered that encouragement on Thursday in his Message for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which the Church celebrates on 25 September this year.

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