Monday, June 28, 2010

Head of WCC, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Meet; Discuss Role of WCC in Ecumenical Movement

The role of the World Council of Churches (WCC) within the ecumenical movement and of the Russian Orthodox Church within the fellowship of WCC member churches were among the subjects discussed by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who met in Moscow today (June 28, 2010).

"The Russian Orthodox Church can play an inspiring role in the fellowship of WCC member churches," said Tveit after the meeting. Tveit highlighted Kirill's leadership for the development of the church's mission -- especially among youth -- according to the WCC website.

The meeting between the WCC general secretary and the Russian Patriarch took place in a warm and open atmosphere, Tveit said, which allowed for a frank discussion.

"His Holiness has expressed a deep commitment to, and a strong interest on the WCC which I really appreciated," Tveit said.

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