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WCC GIVES A MESSAGE OF HOPE
It said: "The theme of this Assembly, "Turn to God - Rejoice in hope' is an invitation to look again to the very foundation of our faith and life as churches, finding there the hope that will draw us on. In this our Jubilee year we proclaim good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and the year of God's favour.
"As we have turned once again to God, we have been able to rejoice in hope. We invite you to share with us the vision which we have been able to express together and which, we pray, will become part of a common life and witness."
Here is the text of the message itself:
"We long for the visible oneness of the body of Christ,
We expect the healing of human community,
We trust in the liberating power of forgiveness,
We are challenged by the vision of a church
We are challenged by the vision of a church,
We journey together as a people with resurrection faith.
We journey together as a people of prayer.
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.