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CALL TO JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
cf. WCC Press Update of 16 April 1999
cf. WCC Press Release of 3 May 1999
Sunday, 16 May marks the beginning of the week in the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle in which churches and Christians round the world are praying for Albania, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The 16 May prayer calls on all people to pray for an end to violence in the region. Churches and communities are invited to find the forms of prayer most appropriate to their local situation.
Some Christian groups in the USA are planning to continue these vigils weekly "until", according to the initiative Bridges of Light, "violence -- whether NATO, Serb or KLA -- in the region has stopped".
Robin Gurney, Secretary for Communications and Information, CEC
Pauline Mumia, LWF,
Pàraic Rèamonn, Communications Secretary, WARC
The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches, now 336, in more than 100 countries in all continents from virtually all Christian traditions. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member church but works cooperatively with the WCC. The highest governing body is the assembly, which meets approximately every seven years. The WCC was formally inaugurated in 1948 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its staff is headed by general secretary Konrad Raiser from the Evangelical Church in Germany.