“Your long ecumenical journey began in the late 1980s with your service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile, of which you were elected president,” wrote Sauca. “In 2009, you were the first Latin American to be elected general secretary of the LWF.”
Under Junge’s leadership, the LWF has continued its long tradition of social justice, economic justice and peace-building. “Along with Pope Francis, you were a co-host at the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund,” wrote Sauca. “These are only some of your many accomplishments!
“Governing with faith and bringing a deep spiritual perspective on urgent issues will remain your strong legacy,” Sauca said. “I am personally grateful for the ministry we have shared together on the path to unity and I am confident that we will continue walking, praying, and working together for making visible the signs of the kingdom of God in the midst of our communities and in the world.”
Sauca expressed deep gratitude for Junge’s hospitality, kindness, and love. “God bless you and your family with his grace, peace, and joy,” concluded Sauca.