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Bartholomew I was the first Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to attend a papal installation since the great schism of 1054.
In the face of divisions in the church and the world, "no one has the right to exclude the other," says the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.
The World Council of Churches has sent a warm message to the general assembly of bishops of the Catholic Church on the anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
The Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has appealed to the UN to give “a stronger and clearer mandate” to Kofi Annan’s Syrian peace initiative.
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has condemned the violence in Syria, expressed solidarity with the victims, and invoked prayers for peace in the country.
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has been honoured with the 'Friend of the Armenians' award by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.