Thursday, June 21, 2018

World Council of Churches: Taking the Pulse of Popes and Protestants

Care for creation and universal primacy on the agenda for the 70th annivesary of WCC...

Pope's World Council of Churches visit takes on significance in divisive era

Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Geneva to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches, a fellowship of 348 Christian denominations, is taking on special significance because of the increasingly divisive nature of global politics, say several former ecumenical dialogue participants.

..."When the Bishop of Rome gathers with leaders of other Christian communions, he and they are making a statement about the unity to which God calls us, not only as members of the Christian family but as members of the human family," said Massa.

...The commission said that there had been "significant ecumenical discussion" about a "universal ministry of primacy" 
...Delaney said the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the World Council is of unique value among the many such ecumenical dialogues.
"It's the only way we can keep in touch with developments in the Protestant churches and how they help or hinder Christian unity," she said. "So, it's very important."

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