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WCC'S NEW CENTRAL COMMITTEE ELECTS OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The outgoing moderator of the Central Committee, His Holiness Aram I, was re-elected. This is only the second time the most senior officer of the WCC has been re-elected. Franklin Clark Fry was chairman of the Central Committee from the Second Assembly (Evanston) in 1954 to the Third Assembly (New Delhi) in 1961, and was re-elected and served until the Fourth Assembly (Uppsala) in 1968.
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Contact: John Newbury, WCC Press & Information Officer
The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches, now 339, in more than 100 countries in all continents from virtually all Christian traditions. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member church but works cooperatively with the WCC. The highest governing body is the Assembly, which meets approximately every seven years. The WCC was formally inaugurated in 1948 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its staff is headed by general secretary Konrad Raiser from the Evangelical Church in Germany.