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13 December 1999


Members of an ecumenical delegation who visited Sierra Leone in mid-November are calling upon churches around the world to join the Africa Day of Prayer on 25 December 1999.

Melaku Kifle, executive secretary in the International Relations team of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and member of the delegation, notes that the focus of the prayer will be specifically for peace and reconciliation in Sierre Leone, particularly for the children of Sierra Leone who are "innocent victims of the conflict that still rages in that country ".

According to an All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) press release, "the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL) is in the process of preparing a text, which should be read in all churches in Africa and around the world on Christmas day".

The ecumenical delegation, organised jointly by the WCC and the AACC, visited Sierra Leone 14-20 November. A report of the delegation will be available by Tuesday, 14 December.

Click here for the proposed text to be read on Christmas day.

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Karin Achtelstetter, Media Relations Officer
tel.: (+41 22) 791 6153 (office);
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The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches, now 337, 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.