Council of Churches meets

South Korea –The 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches draws to a close on November 8 in Busan. Gathered this year under the theme ‘God of Life, Lead us to Justice and Peace’, some 3,000 delegates from 345 Churches and ecclesial communities engaged in ecumenical sessions and meetings. The Catholic Church’s official delegation of 25 was led by Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (pictured). The opening session was attended by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who delivered a message from Pope Francis who asserted: “The globalised world in which we live demands of us a common witness to the God-given dignity of every human being and the effective promotion of the cultural, social and legal conditions which enable individuals and communities to grow in freedom, and which support the mission of the family as the fundamental building-block of society, ensure a sound and integral education for the young, and guarantee for all the untrammelled exercise of religious liberty.”