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Eighth report of the Joint Working Group

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.

01 January 2005

Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches

This report outlines the activities of the JWG during the years 1999-2005 and includes three completed study documents, as well as some themes pursued and issues addressed.

Table of contents

I INTRODUCTION

II RELATIONSHIPS 1999-2005

  1. Significant moments: bilateral visits; leadership meetings
  2. Celebration of the Jubilee 2000
  3. Assisi World Day of Prayer for Peace
  4. The one ecumenical movment: questions of "reconfiguration"
  5. Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC
  6. Global Christian Forum
  7. Koinonia: central to the ecumenical movement

III COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE RCC AND THE WCC

  1. Faith and Order
  2. Mission and Evangelism
  3. Ecumenical formation
    3.1 Ecumenical Institute of Bossey
    3.2 Education and Ecumenical Formation (EEF)
    3.3 Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE)
    3.4 WCC youth internship programme
  4. Inter-religious dialogue
  5. Bilateral and multilateral dialogue
  6. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  7. Joint Working Group: Eighth Report

IV COLLABORATION THROUGH THE JWF

  1. Character and nature of the JWG
  2. Joint Working Group study documents
    2.1 Ecclesiological and ecumenical implications of a common baptism (Appendix C)
    2.2 Nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue (Appendix D)
    2.3 "Inspired by the same vision": Roman Catholic participation in national and regional councils of churches (Appendix E)
  3. Issues studied by the JWG
    3.1 Theological anthropology
    3.2 Interchurch marriages
  4. Areas of shared concern regarding social issues
    4.1 Social thought and action
    4.2 Decade to overcome violence
    4.3 Other contacts between RCC and WCC
    4.3.1 Refugees and migration
    4.3.2 Diakonia and development
  5. Topical issues: the documents Dominus Iesus and Ecclesia de Eucharistia

V PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE (2006-2013)

Revising the mandate
Recommendations from the JWG to the RCC and the WCC

APPENDICES

A. Joint Working Group mandates: 1966, 1975 and 1999-2005

B. The history of the RCC/WCC Joint Working Group

C. Ecclesiological and ecumenical implicatioons of a common baptism: a JWG study

D. The nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue: a JWG study

E. "Inspired by the same vision": Roman Catholic participation in national and regional councils of churches: a JWG study

F. Glossary of abbreviations

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