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WCC Condemns Violence in USA, Stands with Churches on Path to Peace

Αssociated Press

Trump supporters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

GENEVA – “The divisive populist politics of recent years have unleashed forces that threaten the foundations of democracy in the United States and – to the extent that it represents an example to other countries – in the wider world,” said the Interim General Secretary of World Council of Churches (WCC), Dr. Ioan Sauca. “Accordingly, these developments have implications far beyond domestic American politics and are of serious international concern.”

Sauca’s full statement follows:

“The World Council of Churches is following the latest developments in the United States of America with grave and mounting concern. The divisive populist politics of recent years have unleashed forces that threaten the foundations of democracy in the United States and – to the extent that it represents an example to other countries – in the wider world. Accordingly, these developments have implications far beyond domestic American politics and are of serious international concern.

“The WCC urges those responsible for today’s violence to desist and to return to civil discourse and established democratic processes. We call on all parties to resist short-term political interests and to act in a manner responsible to others and accountable to the wider society.

“We pray that the churches of America be empowered with wisdom and strength to provide leadership through this crisis, and on the path of peace, reconciliation, and justice.

Geneva 6 January, 2021

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca

Interim General Secretary

World Council of Churches”