The group received an update from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Since the outbreak of the pandemic most of the work with ecumenical partners has been undertaken using virtual means of communication while several meetings had to be canceled,” reads a communique from the meeting.
In 2020, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity celebrated the 60th anniversary of its foundation. “Despite new challenges the ecumenical dialogues continue even though sometimes in a limited format,” reads the communique.
The joint working group discussed and approved two documents with recommendations to the churches: “Peace is a Treasure for All – An Ecumenical Reflection on Peace Building in Situations of Conflict and Violence” and “Migrants and Refugees – Ecumenical Challenges and Opportunities.”
Since the last meeting in Lyon in 2019, both documents have been revised and updated in light of the new situation caused by the pandemic. The joint working group received these documents and recommended presenting them to the parent bodies. Members also discussed the Tenth Report to be issued at the end of the current mandate.
The joint working group also discussed the involvement of the Catholic Church in the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022 as well as the process of building a new joint working group after the assembly.