Catholic delegation prays and talks with the WCC

By staff writers
19 Feb 2013

A delegation from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) of the Roman Catholic Church led prayers at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday 18 February 2013.

The PCPCU delegation is visiting the World Council of Churches (WCC) offices from 17 to 20 February, hosted by the WCC’s Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, one of the two working commissions of the world churches' body of which the Catholic Church is a member. The other concerns Faith and Order.

At the service, reflections on the New Testament epistle to the Ephesians were shared by Fr David Kinnear Glenday, a Comboni Missionary, and Secretary General of the Union of Superiors General, while Fr Dr Luis M. Melo, staff at the PCPCU, led the prayers.

The service was attended by Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC General Secretary, who is a Lutheran, along with staff members from the WCC and its partner ecumenical organisations based in Geneva.

During their visit, the Catholic delegates will prepare for their task as observers at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 30 October to 8 November this year.

Among the delegates are Sister Josune Miren Josebe Arregui Luco, Fr Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, Sister Georgeanne Mary Donovan, Sister Nzenzili Lucie Mboma, Fr Richard Nnyombi, Monsignor Juan Usma Gómez and Bishop Brian Farrell.

The delegates will meet with the WCC staff members from its mission programme, commission on faith and order and the WCC general secretariat.

The World Council of Churches "promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world."

An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

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