....The word "scandal" is often overplayed. But in this case, it is scarcely adequate to the evil that the Roman Catholic Church - not just some individual, errant priest - has done"....
The WCC-led week of action is in its fourth year. Participants are invited to pray, educate and advocate, inspired by the theme "It's time for Palestine". A prayer offered by the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem has been sent to more than 120 countries, along with invitations to join World Week.
In 2008, evidence reached WCC that people, parishes and organizations in 40 countries took part. Each year so far, the numbers of participants and the scope of their activities have increased. From the beginning, there has been strong international and national participation by members of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi.
For 2009 participants are encouraged to focus on Israeli settlements in occupied territory. Links to the topic as well as a message, prayers and liturgies for the week are available on the WCC website.
In Canada, a joint Canadian-Palestinian church delegation will lobby parliament in May.
Two recent violent incidents in Northern Ireland are motivating Irish church members to do more to end the violent occupation in Palestine, reports Susan Hood, a Church of Ireland librarian and action week participant.
Inspired by an Irish church leaders visit to Israel-Palestine in connection with the week last year, Hood has led the preparation of a liturgy this year that shares testimonies from young Palestinians and Israelis. It may be broadcast on Irish national television and has already been sent to churches in dozens of countries.