Progress in ties with World Council of Churches
The preparation of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has led to a new stage in collaboration between the Holy See and the World Council of Churches.
For the first time, the text that will inspire the Week of Prayer has been published jointly by that council's Faith and Constitution Commission and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The decision was announced by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the pontifical council, and by Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.
The theme proposed for the Week in 2005 is "Christ, the One Foundation of the Church," a reference to 1 Corinthians 3:1-23.
In Australia the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is usually held around Pentecost. In the northern hemisphere it take place in January.
The Faith and Constitution Plenary Commission, the only entity of the World Council of Churches that has a Catholic representation, met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 28 July 6 August. Since 1968, 12 Catholic theologians have been full members of the commission's Theological Department.
"There are still many questions we need to explore together, but we became aware of reaching a moment of hope, having identified a framework which might enable churches to move forward in terms of mutual recognition," stated the meeting's final message.
The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of ecclesial communities, now 342, in more than 120 countries. The Catholic Church is not a member Church but works cooperatively with the WCC. By contrast, the Catholic Church is a member of the local body in Australia, the National Council of Churches in Australia.
Progress Seen in Ties With World Council of Churches (Zenit 20/8/04)
National Council of Churches in Australia: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
World Council of Churches
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
23 Aug 2004