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With pride I call your attention to the ecumenically supported strides for peace in several international venues, advances in consensus among those who labor in mission and evangelism, progress in the partnerships of the WCC and its ecumenical partners with UN agencies, and the convergence of decades of ecumenical work in health and healing to overcome HIV, care for children and promote gender justice.

Indeed, the historic visit of Pope Francis on 21 June was emblematic of our work and an affirmation of
the shared ecumenical journey of “Walking, Praying and Working Together,” a pilgrimage that embraces Christians of all regions and confessions.

As you can also tell from the stories here, our fellow- ship has taken concrete steps in the ecumenical quest
for unity, precisely by walking, working and praying together. Our journey of faith ties our perennial quest for unity to action and advocacy for peace and justice around the world. Indeed, our unity is for the sake of God’s world: One Christian fellowship united in service to the one human family.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
General Secretary
World Council of Churches

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