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The Faith and Order Commission promotes visible unity of Christians by dealing with theological questions that divide churches.

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In Indonesia, hearts and minds turn to pursuing justice and unity

In Indonesia, hearts and minds turn to pursuing justice and unity

As they gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 2-8 to prepare resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019, ecumenical partners reflected on the theme of “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue.”

Tveit: search for unity “an urgent need today”

Tveit: search for unity “an urgent need today”

The need for the ecumenical movement is an urgent one today, said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit as he spoke this week at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota (USA).

Pope Francis, WCC leadership meet in Rome

Pope Francis, WCC leadership meet in Rome

In an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican, World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom and WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit discussed how Christian unity is vital in bringing a true sense of justice to issues the world is facing today. The meeting also focused on how deepening relations in the one ecumenical movement.

Orthodox Church of Albania celebrates last 25 years with Archbishop Anastasios

Orthodox Church of Albania celebrates last 25 years with Archbishop Anastasios

The Orthodox Church of Albania, with a Festive Divine Liturgy on 2 August, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the election and appointment of Archbishop Anastasios as the head of the church.

Dutch Reformed Church looks to Africa, after troubled past

Dutch Reformed Church looks to Africa, after troubled past

The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) in South Africa is currently striving to revive and enhance its missional identity with its core aspect being a church for Africa, said DRC general secretary Dr Gustav Claassen.

Digitizing of Faith and Order Papers underway

Digitizing of Faith and Order Papers underway

The WCC has begun the process of digitally publishing its Faith and Order Papers, a set of legacy materials comprising 300 discrete publications and totaling 35,000 pages.

WCC hails Wittenberg declaration aiming to overcome Reformation divisions

WCC hails Wittenberg declaration aiming to overcome Reformation divisions

The World Council of Churches has welcomed the signing of two ecumenical statements by the World Communion of Reformed Churches in which it seeks to overcome divisions of the past and to work with other Christian communions for unity and common witness.

The WCC holds first meeting with Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa for 57 years

The WCC holds first meeting with Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa for 57 years

For the World Council of Churches Comission on Faith and Order, meeting in South Africa this year holds special significance. In 1960 a WCC meeting with member churches in the country was followed by a parting of ways with one of those churches for more than half a century, over the question of apartheid.

WCC Commission on Faith and Order opens meeting in Pretoria by honouring youth

WCC Commission on Faith and Order opens meeting in Pretoria by honouring youth

The World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order will begin an 8-day meeting this week in Pretoria, South Africa, dedicating an opening ceremony to youth, reflecting on their struggles with past injustices and noting their key role in opening gateways to the future.

WCC sees signing of  agreement between Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II as ‘sign of hope’

WCC sees signing of agreement between Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II as ‘sign of hope’

Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt have taken a significant ecumenical step by signing a common declaration that Roman Catholics and Copts may recognize each other’s baptisms. The agreement is, in the eyes of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a “sign of hope”.