There’s a new online café running 24/7 for the next two weeks to provide church leaders worldwide with an opportunity to share their experiences during the coronavirus crisis. Christian charities World Vision and Alpha International came up with the idea. Access can be obtained by googling, Church Leaders’ Café.
Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have released a call to prayer as people in Africa continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. The call for prayer also expresses support for those who are working day and night to save lives.
Meanwhile, Christians in Niger are fearful they could be targeted by Muslim extremists following violent protests against the country’s ban on places of worship due to coronavirus. Media reports say swift action by the authorities last month prevented a repeat of the targeting and torching of churches seen during the last riots in 2015.
US Attorney General, William Barr, has threatened to take legal action against states who infringe on civil liberties through the issuing of coronavirus-related lockdown orders. He highlighted the plight of Christians who feel their right to worship has been unfairly impeded. .
A new report by Germany’s council of Catholic bishops has confirmed that many senior clergymen did little to challenge the Nazi regime’s barbaric actions. The report looks at the role of Germany’s Catholic bishops between 1939 and 1945. It added that Church leaders turned a blind eye to Hitler’s atrocities out of fear for themselves and their positions.
The World Council of Churches, WCC Annual Review for 2019 is now available for download online at it website. The annual review records many of the WCC’s activities undertaken in 2019 and continuing into 2020.