· The first day of the assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan ·
Leaving space for stories, experiences, hopes, prayers but above all a vision for the world. This is one of the main themes of the Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in course in Busan, South Korea until 8 November. Yesterday Pope Francis' message to the Assembly was read by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promoting Christian Unity, present at the meeting. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I also sent his best wishes to the assembly with a video message, calling Christians “to pray for the peace of the whole world and for the unity of all”. He added that “we cannot remain idle spectators in a world pervaded by social injustice and plagued by suffering and oppression”.
The Patriarch also addressed the search for unity. “May your encounter in Busan”, he said, “be the source of renewal for our churches and our ‘life together in faith, hope and love’.” He added that the Patriarchate is also dedicated to this goal within the WCC.
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