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WCC NEWS: WCC welcomes Vatican's new chief ecumenist
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Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:30:47 +0200
>World Council of Churches - News
>WCC WELCOMES VATICAN'S NEW CHIEF ECUMENIST
>For immediate release: 30 June 2010
The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse
Tveit has welcomed the appointment of Bishop Kurt Koch as new president of
the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
"We rejoice at the appointment of Bishop Kurt Koch as president of the
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity", said Tveit commenting
the news in Moscow. "We welcome his appointment and look forward to
working with him for the visible unity of the church", he added.
Tveit said that "Bishop Koch is well known for his openness and deep
ecumenical commitment. His book 'That all may be one; Ecumenical
perspectives' is an excellent summary of the present state of ecumenical
dialogue and relations".
"We see in Bishop Koch a reliable partner for all those involved in the
ecumenical movement and trust he will continue Cardinal Walter Kasper's
emphasis on spiritual ecumenism", Tveit said.
"Bishop Koch has been given a very important responsibility as the call for
all Christians to be one comes from Jesus Christ himself", Tveit said. "I
wish him much joy in fulfilling this calling, and that God may give him
Currently bishop of the diocese of Basel, Switzerland, Koch has been a
member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity since 2002.
He will succeed Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is retiring, on 1 July.
More information on relations between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church
(Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=5af7d15be0a9db07daba )
The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and
service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches
founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant,
Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million
Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman
Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from
the [Lutheran] Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
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