World Council of Churches (WCC) staff working in the field of inter-religious dialogue and cooperation have welcomed in Geneva representatives of the Roman Catholic Church.
The discussions at the end of the last month continued the practice of regular annual meetings between staff of the Vatican and the WCC, which brings together Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, indigenous and peace church traditions.
In their meetings held from 28 to 29 January 2014 at the WCC offices in Geneva and the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, staff members of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue included Fr Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage, undersecretary; Msgr Khaled Akasheh; Msgr Chidi Denis Isizoh and Fr Santiago Michael.
The Catholic group working in the area of inter-religious dialogue and cooperation shared their priorities and expressed their hopes of finding ways to collaborate further with the WCC.
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, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries.
The WCC works cooperatively with the Catholic Church worldwide, and coordinates these engagements through a Joint Working Group.
* Cooperation between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/jwg-with-roman-catholic-church