Friday, 08 December 2017

Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches has called on all Christians to unite in prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In a statement made at its meeting in Amman, Jordan, the WCC Executive committee warned escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula could result in nuclear-armed warfare, threatening the lives and futures of all people in the region.

The warning comes as the same time as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in which the WCC participates, receives the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The WCC called on all parties in the confrontation on the Korean peninsula to seek human encounter and dialogue without political preconditions, and to be true instruments of peace.

“We call on the leaders of the nations and the international community to release the Korean people from the threat of war with disastrous consequences for the whole region, and for the world.”

In this coming Advent season, the WCC has invited all Christians around the world and all people of good will to join in prayers for peace, and in actions of solidarity in the “A Light of Peace” campaign.