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Press conference during Pope Francis's Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the WCC

Press conference during Pope Francis's Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the WCC

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

19 June 2018

The landmark visit of Pope Francis to the World Council of Churches on 21 June signals a new day in the ecumenical quest for Christian unity. Despite historic differences and divisions, Christians of all traditions, regions and confessions discover their communion in “Walking, Praying and Working Together” to heal a broken world and pursue peace and justice.

The pope’s pilgrimage to Geneva is a centrepiece of the ecumenical commemoration of the WCC's 70th anniversary and an occasion for rejoicing in our shared faith, hope and love.

Ecumenical Pilgrimage
Walking, Praying and Working Together


Press Conference: 21 June at 14:00 – 14:45 CET

Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Roman Catholic Church, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches


Marianne Ejdersten, WCC Director of communication

Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office

Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland

The Press Conference will be livestreamed, in the original languages of the speakers, at

Only accredited media specifically invited to the press conference are permitted to attend. All other media should follow the livestream.

Interpretation available in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German on site. Recordings will be shared shortly after the press conference on a best-effort basis.


More information regarding the visit of Pope Francis to WCC

Resources for Media

Information on the visit from the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg

For media:

Media, including accredited media, will find all the information online here.

Speeches and documents will be available as possible here.

Please note: Requests for media accreditation for June 21 are no longer being accepted.

Media contacts

WCC Communication Department +41 22 791 6704

For questions regarding the programme or interview requests:

WCC director of communication Marianne Ejdersten; e-mail:, mobile phone: +41 79 507 63 63

WCC media coordinator: Claus Grue, email:, mobile phone: +46 70 611 09 77

WCC photo coordinator: Albin Hillert, email:, mobile phone: +46 73 070 11 08

Vatican Press Office for more information: