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Congratulations on appointment as Secretary of State

30 June 2006

Letter to His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Vatican,
30 June, 2006

Your Eminence,

Grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

It is my great pleasure to congratulate you sincerely on your appointment by the
Holy Father to be the Vatican Secretary of State. May the Spirit of God, a Spirit
of wisdom, understanding, compassion and truth, accompany you in your new
ministry and guide your work.

The World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church - particularly
through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity - have developed
throughout the years a close cooperation and a "fraternal solidarity" on their common
journey towards the visible unity of the church and their common commitment
to the one ecumenical movement.

Today, in a complex world governed by strong national interests and goals, the
ethical witness of faith is of growing importance. We have for many years benefited
from good cooperation with the Holy See in addressing some of the crucial
issues of our time from the perspective of the churches' commitment to peace and
reconciliation. In particular I would like to stress the work done in affirming the
importance of the International Criminal Court, and the critique against the war
on Iraq.

We are looking forward to a continued, close and good cooperation in promoting
the values of multilateralism - international law, human rights and peaceful
resolution of conflicts - as expressions of human dignity and civilized relationship
among peoples and nations.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General Secretary