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Systematically challenged to mutual love

This year, I received as a gift the book “My Ecumenical Journey” by the founder of the Focolare Movement Chiara Lubich (1920-2008). The compilation of reflections about ecumenism are accompanying my morning meditation before I start to work.
One year ago, I joined the communication department of the World Council of Churches, a membership organization that works for unity between churches from different Christian denominations.

Archbishop Anastasios receives Klaus Hemmerle 2020 Prize

Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania was honored with the Klaus Hemmerle 2020 Prize in Germany for his contribution to interreligious efforts for peace and harmony.

During an ecumenical ceremony attended by representatives of the Focolare community and by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Archbishop Anastasios accepted the award on 14 February at the historic Aachen Cathedral in Germany.

All societies’ origins from ‘there and here’ discussed at special day in Geneva

An adage that some people ignore these days is that mobility has shaped each human society, and a recent meeting of the Maison Internationale des Associations in Geneva focused on this.

Many colours and flavours of humanity assembled on 7 April for a lively day of discussions and exchanges about human mobility where most views were celebrating the social phenomenon at an event titled “Tout d’ailleurs, tous d’ici” (All from elsewhere, all from here).

“We live for each other” – Focolare meeting of bishops gathers in Sweden

“We are united in a pact of love, that encourages us to live in such a way that Christian unity is not only a dream, but may come closer each day,” said His Eminence Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, archbishop of Bangkok and Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Addolorata, as 40 bishops from 18 churches in 12 different countries gather in Sigtuna, Sweden, this week.

#WCC70: Chiara Lubich and the World Council of Churches

The relationship between the WCC and Chiara Lubich dates back to the time of the Second Vatican Council. On her death, Samuel Kobia paid tribute, saying: “Our love for Chiara and immense gratitude for the gift of God she has been to the ecumenical movement, will continue to motivate and inspire us in our work for the visible unity of the church”.

WCC, Chiara Lubich and the Focolari

18 April 2018

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Chiara Lubich's passing, the Focolare movement and the WCC want to reflect on their common path and work for unity.

Geneva, Switzerland / online

“Spirituality of unity” inspires many Focolare follower

“We have re-discovered that we were one church before and have, indeed, a great common heritage.” These are the words of Rev. Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation, as he spoke at a Focolare ecumenical meeting entitled: “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.”

Tveit "The closer we move towards the Cross, the closer we move towards unity"

An Ecumenical Week promoted by the Focolare Movement is being held 9-13 May at Castel Gandolfo, Rome. Some 700 Christians from 70 churches and ecclesial communities are participating in the meeting, which is titled “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.” In a greeting to the conference participants, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit noted that the theme of the Focolare conference resonates well with the framework for WCC’s current work, the pilgrimage of justice and peace.

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - Presented by Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - A Protestant Perspective on Chiara Lubich’s Commitment to Unity – Unity of the Church and of Humankind
Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation, at a Focolare ecumenical meeting entitled: “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.”

WCC Programmes

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - Presented by Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - A Protestant Perspective on Chiara Lubich’s Commitment to Unity – Unity of the Church and of Humankind
Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation, at a Focolare ecumenical meeting entitled: “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.”

WCC Programmes

WCC commends leadership of new human development dicastery

Receiving the news that Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Peter Turkson as president of the newly created dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the WCC expressed expectation to cooperation with the new structure, as it relates to several dimensions of work and cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.