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October 11 - Greetings of the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to the Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly on 7-28 October 2013 in Rome
Article: Bridges To Rome
It is the
living word of God, revealed to us in the cross and resurrection of
Jesus Christ, which is the Good News, the euangellion, those who
confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are to proclaim in all
dimensions of their lives. There is a logic in the sequence of the theme
chosen for the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops,
which recalled John 1:14: And the Word became flesh and lived among
us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son,
full of grace and truth, and the
emphasis on the new evangelization of this XIII Ordinary General
Assembly. Justification in Christ, the proclamation
of the Gospel and the call to holiness belong together in the fellowship
of believers, members of the one body of Christ (1. Cor.12:12ff).
The Church is
built up when people are being transformed by receiving Christ, the
incarnate word of God, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
People become credible and visible disciples of Christ, celebrating the
Holy Eucharist, meditating on biblical texts, and
witnessing to the Gospel in their homes and families, on the streets or
at the workplace as workers, entrepreneurs, researchers and in so many
the Second Vatican Council as an extraordinary moment of evangelical
renewal of the Catholic Church. This was underlined by the Moderator of
the WCC's Central Committee, the Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, in his address
to the recent meeting of the Committee in September this year in Crete.
We expressed our gratitude and joy that
through the Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) the
Catholic Church opened up to the ecumenical movement and gave new
impetus to the search for visible unity. The decree gave hope and
inspiration to Christians around the world.
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October 10 - US church calls to reevaluate military aid to Israel
Article: Perilous Times
Fifteen leaders of US churches and other faith-based
organizations have asked Congress to reevaluate US military aid to Israel.
The religious leaders sent a letter to Congress members on
Monday, calling for an investigation into
possible violations by Israel of the US Foreign Assistance Act and the US Arms
Export Control Act, which would make Israel ineligible for US military aid.
"As Christian leaders in the United States, it is our moral
responsibility to question the continuation of unconditional US financial
assistance to the government of Israel. Realizing a just and lasting peace will
require this accountability, as continued US military assistance to Israel --
offered without conditions or accountability -- will only serve to sustain the
status quo and Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian territories,"
the letter, signed by leaders of the
Lutheran, Methodist, UCC churches, and the National Council of Churches,
"We request, therefore, that Congress hold
Israel accountable to these standards by making the disbursement of US military
assistance to Israel contingent on the Israeli government's compliance with
applicable US laws and policies."
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October 13 - UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013
Article: Signs Of The Times
World grain reserves are so dangerously low that
severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries
could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the
United Nations has warned. Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other
countries this year have eroded
reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced
record heatwaves and droughts in 2012, now holds in reserve a
historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the
next year, says the UN.
"We've not been producing as much as we are
consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very
tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no
room for unexpected events next year," said
Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO). With food
consumption exceeding the amount grown for six of the past 11 years,
countries have run down reserves from an average of 107 days of
consumption 10 years ago to under 74 days recently.
Prices of main food crops such as wheat and maize
are now close to those that sparked riots in 25 countries in 2008. FAO
figures released this week suggest that 870 million people are
malnourished and the food crisis is growing in the Middle East and
Africa. Wheat production this year is expected to be 5.2% below 2011,
with yields of most other crops, except rice, also falling,
says the UN.
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October 17 - Representatives of Christian Denominations Address Synod
Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics
Delegates from several Christian denominations addressed the Synod of
Bishops on the New Evangelization yesterday afternoon.
Among the delegates who spoke were His Eminence Hilarion
Alfeyev, Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, Russia, Rev. Dr. Timothy George who
represented the Baptist World Alliance, and Sarah F. Davis, representing the
World Methodist Council.
Speaking on behalf of the Russian Orthodox
Church, Bishop Hilarion reflected on the anniversary and significance of the
Second Vatican Council, stating that even 50 years ago,
the fathers of the Council were aware of the importance of a closer
cooperation between Christians of different traditions.
The Russian Orthodox prelate
stressed the necessity of both the Catholic and Orthodox churches in
combining their efforts to face the challenges of modern society. Bishop
Hilarion cited the cooperation of both Churches "within the
Orthodox-Catholic forum, in different international organizations and at
other places of dialogue with the secular world."
Dr. George, who also serves as Dean of the
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama,
underlined the biblical imperative for
Christian unity, stating that ecumenism is "always in the service of
evangelization." Concluding his third point, Dr. George
stated that religious freedom is not rooted in political or social
paradigms, but originates from the character of God himself. "The tradition
of faith, he said, "resounds as an authentic response to our vast
experiences and questions surrounding the Universe.
We live, therefore, in an age of great opportunity to
announce our faith through dialogue with both the natural and historical
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