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LWF President Mark Hanson Praises 'Inspiring Leadership' of Ecumenical Patriarch

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  • Fr. John-Brian
    LWF President Mark Hanson Praises Inspiring Leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch Lutherans and Orthodox Have Much That Bind Us Together ISTANBUL,
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      LWF President Mark Hanson Praises 'Inspiring Leadership' of Ecumenical
      Patriarch
      "Lutherans and Orthodox Have Much That Bind Us Together"

      ISTANBUL, Turkey/GENEVA, 3 February 2004 (LWI) - President of the Lutheran
      World Federation (LWF) Bishop Mark S. Hanson, has expressed his admiration
      for the inspiring leadership of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I .
      Your intense concern for all of Gods Creation -- combined with spiritual
      renewal  provides inspiring leadership for the care of creation, said
      Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
      (ELCA) at a meeting with His All Holiness Bartholomew I, January 28.

      Hanson led an ELCA delegation paying an official visit to the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate of Constantinople. LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko,
      accompanied by Co-President of the Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission,
      Archbishop Dr Georg Kretschmar (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and
      Other States), and Director of the LWF Office for Communication Services, Ms
      Karin Achtelstetter, joined the LWF president and ELCA delegation during
      their visit.

      For security reasons the visit of the LWF president and ELCA delegation was
      not announced in advance.

      Your challenge that an ever-growing materialism and global economy may be
      occurring at the expense of the environment is prophetic, Hanson said in
      his message to the Ecumenical Patriarch. The LWF president also underlined
      the patriarchs commitment to peace and reconciliation as well as for
      justice and truth in church and society.

      As ELCA presiding bishop, he had come to appreciate that Lutherans and
      Orthodox have much that bind us together, Hanson said. In the United
      States of America, we have had a positive history of ecumenical dialogue and
      of common witness on behalf of justice and peace for all.

      His All Holiness Bartholomew I informed the LWF and ELCA delegation about
      his recent visit to Cuba, where he consecrated the countrys first Orthodox
      church. The Ecumenical Patriarch also spoke about his meeting with Cuban
      leader Fidel Castro and the latters offer to build an Orthodox theological
      school in Cuba to ensure the training of Orthodox clergy for Latin America
      overall.

      During their stay, January 26-31, the LWF president and ELCA delegation also
      met with the Armenian Patriarch, His Beatitude Mesrop II as well as with
      Muslim representatives.

      [The LWF is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran
      tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund (Sweden), the LWF now has 136 member
      churches in 76 countries representing over 61.7 million of the 65.4 million
      Lutherans worldwide. The LWF acts on behalf of its member churches in areas
      of common interest such as ecumenical and inter-faith relations, theology,
      humanitarian assistance, human rights, communication, and the various
      aspects of mission and development work. Its secretariat is located in
      Geneva, Switzerland.)

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