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Documents of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC

Title document_type EffectiveDate Description
Communiqué by the Joint Working Group, September 2017 Message 19 September 2017 Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church
Communiqué of the JWG Plenary Meeting 2016 Statement: public statement 17 September 2016 With its 2016 plenary meeting, the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church (JWG) returned to the Ecumenical Institute at the Château de Bossey near Geneva, where the first meeting of the group was held in 1965.
A personal testimony by Bishop Jonas Jonson Message 23 June 2015 A personal testimony by Bishop Jonas Jonson, presented at the meeting celebrating WCC-RCC Joint Working Group 50 years in Rome, 23 June 2015.
Summary of the Ninth Report Report 12 June 2013 This document offers a summary of the Ninth report from the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC, which relates the focus and work of the group from 2007 through 2012. As the group approaches its fiftieth year, its recent foci include in-depth work on the notion of ecclesial reception of ecumenical work, the spiritual roots of ecumenism, church participation of youth, and emerging work on migration.
Ninth report of the Joint Working Group Report 12 June 2013 This report outlines the activities of the JWG during 2007-2012 and includes the two study documents and reflections on the role of youth. The JWG members offer these texts to the parent bodies, i.e. the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), and hope that they will be received by churches and Christians around the world, inspiring them in their own ecumenical journey.
Communiqué of the JWG Plenary Meeting 2011 Statement: public statement 05 November 2011 The island of Malta located in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and the shores of Tunisia and Libya was the setting for the last plenary meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) before the forthcoming WCC assembly in 2013 in Busan (Korea). Malta has been at the crossroads of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East throughout its history.
Communiqué of the JWG Plenary Meeting 2010 in Saidnaya, Syria S 07 October 2010 The Joint Working Group (JWG) is the instrument that monitors and promotes collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The group, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, met in the St. Christophoros Patriarchal Monastery in Saidnaya, Syria, from 26 September to 20 October 2010.
08 Prayers L 01 January 2008 Prayers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2008
2007 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material L 01 January 2007
Prayers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Liturgical text 01 January 2007
2006 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material L 01 January 2006
Reflections on the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC (1965-2005) B 21 November 2005
Towards the renewal of ecumenism in the 21st century L 18 November 2005
The ecumenical movement in the 21st century L 18 November 2005
Challenges facing the Roman Catholic Church-WCC collaboration L 18 November 2005
A meditation by Bishop Jonas Jonson S 17 November 2005
05 Worship L 01 January 2005
Eighth report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 January 2005 This report outlines the activities of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches during the years 1999-2005 and includes three completed study documents, as well as some themes pursued and issues addressed.
2004 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material 01 January 2004
2002 Worship L 01 January 2002
Review of Developments pertaining to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples S 27 July 2001
Biblical Reflections and Prayers for the Eight Days L 01 January 2001 Those wishing to do bible studies on the week of prayer theme can use as a basis the biblical texts and reflections given in the "eight days". Each day the discussions can lead to a closing period of intercessory prayer.
Order of Worship L 01 January 2001 At the centre of the worship service proposed for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2001 lies the theme for the week as chosen from John 14: 6: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life".
Ecumenical situation in Romania L 01 January 2001 Thanks to the great arc of the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube and the Black Sea, Romania is easy to find on any map. Culturally speaking it lies at the cross-roads between eastern and western Europe. Ninety-nine percent of its population of just over 22 million people call themselves Christian. As regards other communities of faith, there are 9,000 Jews and 56,000 Muslims. A few thousand people declare themselves to be atheists or of no faith.
Ecumenical dialogue B 01 May 2000
Seventh report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 December 1998 The report results from seven years' work by a dedicated group drawn from the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. The character of the document is intentionally educational. The group believed that it would in this way best serve the interest of all who wish to know not only the Joint Working Group's agenda but the growing relationship of the WCC and the RCC within the broader perspective of the one ecumenical movement which the group has witnessed and in some measure assisted.
Sixth report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 January 1990 Reading this sixth report will in itself show the extent to which the productive relations between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church have multiplied and developed.
Fifth report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 January 1983 The Fourth Report, presented to the Fifth Assembly of the WCC in 1975, also looked ahead to what should and could be done. This Fifth Report is presented in the same spirit.
Fourth report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 January 1975 Both the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches are determined to continue their collaboration and to seek together ways to serve the ecumenical cause. Therefore, after ten years of com­mon experience, it is appropriate to ask anew the question how they can, together, best further the ecu­menical movement, How should the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches be related to one another? What areas require primary atten­tion? What kind of common structure should be adopted? The present report attempts to answer these questions and submits to the parent bodies a number of recommendations as to the next steps to be taken.
Third report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 January 1971 The Joint Working Group is convinced that the work of the past five years has been worthwhile. At the same time a great many things remain to be done. The Lord's demand is clear: that they may be one in order that the world may believe" (John 17,21). As we face this demand we are keenly aware of how much we still fall short of giving to the world the sign of communion which should arouse its faith in the love of the Father who sends his Son to save us.
Second report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 January 1967 The aim of the present document is to set out briefly the concrete results of the exchanges that have already taken place, and to indicate a vision of the future in which the Joint Working Group foresees the need for constantly more dynamic relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches.
First report of the Joint Working Group Report 01 January 1966 After several preliminary meetings between representatives of the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity and of the World Council of Churches, the mandate for the Joint Working Group was presented to and adopted by the Central Committee at its meeting in Nigeria in January 1965. It was thereafter also officially accepted by the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church. In working out this project, the Roman Catholic side was guided by the Decree on Ecumenism, promulgated at the end of the third session of the Vatican Council; while the representatives of the World Council of Churches based their approach on the main lines of several WCC documents that describe the nature and function of the World Council and on various statements made by the World Council on the contemporary ecumenical situation.