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The World Council of Churches calls for an end to violence in Egypt



The general secretary of the World Council of Churches Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has called for prayers for healing, justice and peace for all Egyptians. He made the call in an official letter to the member churches in Egypt.
Below is a press release from the Geneva-based body.
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The general secretary of the World Council of Churches Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has called for prayers for healing, justice and peace for all Egyptians. In an official letter to the WCC member churches in Egypt, he said “The only way forward is for mutual recognition as equal citizens within Egypt, sharing responsibilities and authority, accepting the diversity of political opinions and religious beliefs.” Dr. Tveit said the WCC and its member churches in Egypt are greatly concerned by the violent turn of events in Egypt and called for an immediate end of violence from all sides.
He said the people of Egypt who on several occasion have demonstrated their belief in a multi-religious and multi-cultural society should join hands in facing the current challenges and building a better future. The head of the World Council of Churches expressed hope that this current crisis will not be interpreted as a conflict between Christians and Muslims.
He went on to say the people of Egypt have been going through a difficult moment in history since the political developments in 2011. However, Tveit added, “The Egyptian people showed on different occasions their belief in a multi-religious and multi-cultural society where all parties join hands in facing the current challenges and building a better future.”
“This affects the whole of Egypt. I hope that this will not be interpreted as a conflict between Christians and Muslims,” he said in addition to his letter.




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