Member Church News: Pope in Geneva, Protesting Policy, Coming Together

The thirst for material things blinds human beings to their companions and that indifference abounds in the world’s streets today, Pope Francis said in a homily at the World Council of Churches in Geneva today. At the Ecumenical Centre, Pope Francis spoke about walking towards Christian unity and the pitfalls that we encounter on the journey.

Several member churches have issued statements about the Trump Administration’s “Forced Separation Policy” for asylum seekers: “We must not punish desperate parents by tearing their children away from them.”

A film producer will reunite with the Kirk minister who helped his family after tragedy struck in Bangladesh more than 50 years ago at the Edinburgh premiere of his latest production.

Young adult volunteers arrive in Colombia as strangers but they leave as family.

In a powerful symbol of unity, Christians from North and South Korea sang together during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. The Koreans linked arms to sing the 600-year-old folk song Arirang that is the unofficial anthem of Korea—the united Korea that existed until civil war divided the country in the 1950s.

The World Council of Churches Central Committee has chosen Karlsruhe, Germany, for its next General Assembly in 2021.

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

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