News by email Donate


WCC/Vatican News
Pope WCC pic.JPG
WCC/Vatican News
World News

Pope backs Christian peace summit to end Ukraine war

by Glyn Jones

A plan by the World Council of Churches to bring Christian leaders from Russia and Ukraine together to discuss steps to end the war has received support from Pope Francis.

The General Secretary of the World Council (the WCC) met with the 86 year old Pope in the Vatican and plans for the round table discussions were at the top of the agenda.  

Rev Prof Dr Jerry Pillay says "Francis responded very positively to the initiative and certainly felt that we were actually on the right track in seeking to do that."

The South African academic who now leads the international organisation tells Premier the Pope offered a "great sense of affirmation and confirmation".

Dr Pillay added, "The emphasis in terms of the conversation is the fact that we really need to focus on Jesus Christ and how belief in Christ steers us into working towards peace."

Almost all UK churches belong to the World Council. Since the start of the war the organisation has resisted calls from some members for it to expel the Russian Orthodox Church and its leader Patriarch Kirill.

General Secretary Pillay defends that decision, but stresses that the World Council has "condemned the war" and rejects any language that suggests a bible-based justification for the Russian invasion.

Dr Pillay sees the meeting with the Pope as a positive step towards bringing Christian leaders from Ukraine and Russia into the same room for the peace summit.

"Prayer must give birth to action and what I've described in terms of putting together a round table are ways in which the WCC and also the Roman Catholic Church and other churches Orthodox Churches will work with us in giving action to possibilities of reconciliation and peace."


A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email