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Justice and only justice you shall pursue

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 gennaio 2019

Every year Christians around the entire world gather in prayer for the sake of healing division and strengthening unity. Traditionally, we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity between 18 and 25 January, the feasts of St Peter and St Paul.
This year the theme—Justice and only justice you shall pursue (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)—and reflection comes from the churches in Indonesia, a country remarkable for its linguistic, cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. Within this mosaic, Indonesians live together by the principle of gotong royong—solidarity and collaboration. In this spirit, the Conference of European Churches and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences join in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Indonesia and throughout the world in cultivating harmony, promoting justice, and protecting the weak.In Europe, social and economic inequalities persist and grow, refugees arrive unwelcomed at our borders, and entire communities are excluded and marginalised. Coming face-to-face with these daily realities, we are called as Christians to be living witnesses of the one Body of Christ. We find hope in Christian communities that practice radical hospitality, witnessing to the grace and mercy first shown to us. Through this service, we also work towards the, yet unachieved, visible unity of Christ’s church.Together CEC and CCEE will continually and prayerfully work for the coming of the Kingdom here and now. We support each other and all efforts to overcome inequality, extended hospitality and friendship to those most in need, and give witness to a hope rooted in the unparalleled grace of Christ Jesus.

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Jerusalem: WJC leaders address thousands of Evangelical Christians

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 ottobre 2016

gerusalemmeIn Jerusalem, leaders of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) addressed a large gathering of Evangelical Christians from around the world on the occasion of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. In a video message screened at the Jerusalem Arena, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder thanked the 3,000-strong audience “for standing with the Jewish people, for standing with the Jewish state of Israel, and for standing up against the outrageous lies of the BDS movement.” Making reference to the recent decision by UNESCO, Ronald S. Lauder went on to say: “A long time ago, God made a promise to the Jewish people. God gave them this land. God took Moses up to the heights of the Judean Hills and showed him the land from top to bottom, North to South, East to West. How do we know this? We read it in the Bible. It’s all right there in Deuteronomy.“God showed Moses this land, and he made a promise that this land was for the Jewish people. You can argue with governments about this. You can argue with the United Nations. But who is so vain that they will argue with God?”Referring to the Holocaust, Lauder added: “Jews learned what happens when the world is silent. We learned that lesson the hard way. And we will never be silent again.”
In his keynote address to the gathering, which was organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, WJC CEO Robert Singer underlined that Jerusalem was “a city that is holy not just for Jews, but also for Christians and Muslims.”He went on to say: “Next June, it will be 50 years since Jerusalem was reunited during the 1967 Six-Day War. Ever since that historic event, Jews have been able to pray again at the Western Wall. Since 1967, the followers of all three Abrahamic religions have been able to pray at their holy sites. And that’s how it should be! Jerusalem should be a place that brings Jews, Christians and Muslims together.”
Singer also spoke about the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq and highlighted the plight of Christian and other minorities there: “Almost half a million people have been killed in Syria over the past five and a half years, and millions displaced. Entire Christian communities in Syria, in Iraq, and in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa have been wiped out. If this trend continues, the Middle East will soon have no more Christians – except for Israel.
He also pledged support for Christians. “We Jews stand with the embattled Christians, just as you stand up for Jews. We try to watch out for you just as you watch out for us. And let’s make one thing clear: An attack on a Christian, just because he is a Christian, is an attack on us, too. An attack on freedom of worship is an attack on our Western civilization, on the values we all share. It’s not acceptable, anytime, anywhere.”
For the past 35 years, Evangelical Christians from all over the world have come to Jerusalem each fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

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Christians around the world pray for unity

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 gennaio 2015

Rev. Dr. Guy LiagreFrom January 18 to 25 Christians around the world will pray for unity in special celebrations, prayer services, and pulpit exchanges. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally observed between the fests of St. Peter and St. Paul, is an annual worldwide observance dedicated to overcoming divisions and building a spirit of unity throughout the church.The 2015 texts originate from Brazil and focus on the biblical theme, “Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’.” This parable recalls the common human need for water, a need that unites all humanity. It also encourages all who hear the story to encounter strangers with hospitality and generosity.CEC encourages all its 114 member denominations to contribute to local celebrations. “We strive for Christian unity in all that we do,” said CEC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Guy Liagre, “Praying together for the unity of the church is an essential part of our ecumenical spirit.”
Materials for this week are published jointly by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches through its Commission on Faith and Order.

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Pope Francis, Jewish leaders discuss situation in Middle East, lament persecution of Christians

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 settembre 2014

sinagoga romaROME / BRUSSELS – Pope Francis on Wednesday evening received a delegation of 40 international Jewish leaders at his residence in Rome ahead of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which begins next week. The presidents of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald S. Lauder, and of the Latin American Jewish Congress (LAJC), Jack Terpins, presented the head of the Catholic Church with a number of gifts, including a traditional honey cake. In their conversation, the Pope notably raised the question of the persecution and mass slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and told the Jewish delegation, “Like you [the Jews] suffered in the past, Christians are today suffering in many parts of the world.”The meeting with Francis took place in the Santa Marta guesthouse in an informal setting and lasted 40 minutes. Among the participants were many Jewish community heads from Latin America and other parts of the world.The Pope expressed his desire for peace in the Middle East and said the “window of prayer” to find a peaceful solution was still open. Lauder also raised the subject of the mass slaughter and persecution of Christians in the Middle East, to which the Pope replied: “Christians are being expelled from the region. They are persecuted, not liked, discriminated against. You [the Jews] suffered from that in the past, and we [the Christians] are suffering from it today in parts of the world.”In a press conference on Thursday, Ronald Lauder said fanatical Islamists such as ISIS were tagging Christian houses with the letter N for ‘Nassarah’, a term used for Christians in the Koran, which was “no different from the yellow star of David which the Nazis obliged Jews to wear to separate them from the others.” He had raised this issue in an opinion article published by the New York Times last month.

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