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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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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”.

Ecumenical Patriarch visits WCC

Ecumenical Patriarch visits WCC

The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew I, delivered a public address at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 24 April as part of his official visit to Switzerland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch and the 50th anniversary of the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy.

Jürgen Moltmann receives honorary doctorate from Pretoria University

Jürgen Moltmann receives honorary doctorate from Pretoria University

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit joined others in congratulating Prof. Jürgen Moltmann for receiving an honorary doctorate of divinity degree on 5 April from the Theological Faculty of Pretoria University, South Africa.

First of monthly Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Bible studies now online

First of monthly Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Bible studies now online

The first of a series of 12 monthly Bible studies inspired by themes related to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is now available online on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Faith and Order programme executive to explore new ways of being the church

Faith and Order programme executive to explore new ways of being the church

Before accepting the position of programme executive for the WCC Faith and Order Commission, Dr Ani Ghazaryan Drissi was involved with the WCC in several different ways.

WCC pays tribute to Günther Gassmann

WCC pays tribute to Günther Gassmann

"Günther Gassmann's life and work reflect the ecumenical ideals of theological reflection based deeply in careful historical understanding of the Christian tradition, combined with sincere and open-minded work to address and overcome the historic divisions within the church”, wrote the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, upon the passing of Prof. Dr Günther Gassmann, on 11 January.

Unity prayers to recall Reformation, celebrate reconciliation

Unity prayers to recall Reformation, celebrate reconciliation

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated worldwide from 18-25 January, will be hosted this year by the Council of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK). As 2017 marks the commemoration of the Reformation, the week of prayer will reflect on the legacy of the Reformation and the current spirit of reconciliation in Christ.

WCC fields inter-Orthodox response to convergence text

WCC fields inter-Orthodox response to convergence text

The WCC convened an inter-Orthodox consultation in Cyprus on 6-13 October to respond to the text “The Church: Towards a Common Vision,” a convergence document presented by the WCC Faith and Order Commission.

Peacebuilding and migrants are future foci of Roman Catholic-WCC working group

Peacebuilding and migrants are future foci of Roman Catholic-WCC working group

Roman Catholic and WCC representatives are forging new ways of working together on today’s most pressing issues.

Caribbean Christians craft unity prayers

Caribbean Christians craft unity prayers

“The people of the Caribbean have a rich story to tell, one that can enrich the spiritual lives of Christians around the world,” said Fr Anthony Currer of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. That very story was shared in a heartfelt way this week at an ecumenical gathering to create the first draft of the text that will be used for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018.