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Catholicos Aram I and Cardinal Kasper to meet Geneva press

14 November 2005

40 years of WCC-Roman Catholic Church collaboration

and the renewal of ecumenism in the 21st century

Catholicos Aram I, World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee moderator, and Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will participate in a

PRESS CONFERENCE

on Thursday 17 November at 15:00

in the Ecumenical Centre, 150 Route de Ferney (Salle IV)

The meeting with the press will take place immediately before a public event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC).

At the public event, which is scheduled to start at 16:00, both Catholicos Aram I and Cardinal Kasper will share their views on the role of the JWG and how it can promote the renewal of ecumenism in the 21st century.

Formed in 1965, following the Second Vatican Council, the JWG is a consultative body charged with initiating, evaluating and sustaining the many forms of collaboration between its two parent bodies.

In his address, Aram I will affirm that collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council in the face of new challenges needs to move from reflection to reception in local churches. In turn, Kasper will spell out his vision of the new challenges that the Council and the Roman Catholic Church should address together if they want to be more effective.

Both presentations will be available in advance (embargoed against delivery) to press representatives planning to attend the press conference (see below). Please contact the WCC Media relations officer in advance: 022-791-6153, 079-507-6363, media@wcc-coe.org

Additional information on the work of the JWG between 1999-2005, as well as collaborative efforts between the offices and programmesof the WCC and the PCPCU over the same period are available on the WCC website at:

wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/ecumenical/8thjointworkinggroup.pdf