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16 Mar 1999 11:32:30
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29NCC3/16/99 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NCC, VATICAN EXCHANGE CORRESPONDENCE ON ECUMENISM
NEW YORK CITY - An exchange of correspondence between
the National Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission
and the Vatican on the subject of the papal encyclical on
ecumenism has served to further strengthen an ongoing and
Last fall, the Faith and Order Commission made a formal
response to the papal encyclical, "Ut Unum Sint" ("On
Ecumenism"). This response welcomed the encyclical as "a
new expression of the commitment of the Roman Catholic
Church to ecumenism," coming "at a time of fragility within
the ecumenical movement itself."
In thanking the NCC for its response, Edward Cardinal
Cassidy, the Roman Catholic Church's top official for
ecumenical relations, noted "the very positive tone in which
the views of the Commissioners are stated."
He continued, "We are, of course, well aware of the
importance of Faith and Order work whether on the
international or national levels. Indeed, as you know, the
Holy Father has given considerable support to Faith and
Order, not just in the encyclical, but on various occasions,
over many years. We have come to expect positive results
from the multilateral dialogue of Faith and Order."
The Cardinal's letter concluded by extending "the
prayers of this Pontifical Council" and "its readiness to
cooperate in Faith and Order activity now and in the
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