07.09.11 17:44 Age: 180 days

WCC general secretary honours 9/11 victims and stresses a culture of peace


Remembering the thousands of people killed in the coordinated assault on 11 September 2001 in the United States of America, and its unfortunate consequences in Afghanistan and Iraq, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sends out a message honouring the victims, and promoting a culture of peace.


"On behalf of the council, I assure all those who have been affected by violence and inhumanity – in the United States and throughout the world – of continuing prayer and solidarity on the part of the fellowship of churches we constitute," says Tveit stressing that "Terrorism in all its forms – whether committed by individuals, groups or states – is to be condemned."


In his message, Tveit reaffirms churches’ commitment towards dialogue among people of different faiths, promoting a culture of "just peace", which is also a key topic for the upcoming WCC 10th Assembly in 2013.


Full text of the statement


A prayer of the people – 11 September 2011