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WCC Assembly at Porto Alegre, Brazil

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  • Thomas Daniel
    The plenary session of the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, the first to be held in Latin America, was opened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 22, 2006
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      The plenary session of the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, the first to be held in Latin America, was opened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on February 14th by the WCC Moderator Catholicos Aram I. A record number of young people attended the event. Delegates were greeted by Bishop Adriel de Souza Maia on behalf of Brazilian churches, Bishop Julio Holguin, on behalf of Latin American churches, the vice-mayor of Porto Alegre, Eliseu Santos, and by the Honourable Germano Rigotto, governor of Rio Grande Sul. Church leaders unable to be present at the opening event were read at the Assembly; this included the ecumenical patriarch, Bartholomew I and the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. The message of Pope Benedict XVI was read by Cardinal Walter Kaspar. Thirty-one new member churches were received into the WCC.

      The Syrian Orthodox Church is represented by a delegation that includes
      H.E. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim (Eastern USA)--a member of the Central and Executive Committees of WCC
      H.E. Mor George Saliba Theophilus (Lebanon)
      H.E. Mor Themotheose Thomas (Kottayam)
      H.E. Mor Gregoriose Joseph (Kochi)
      H.E. Mor Yousef Abd. Alahda Matti (Argentina)
      H.E. Mor Severius Malki Marad (Jerusalem)
      H.E. Mor Osthathios Matta Rohom (Jezirah)
      Fr. George Mathew Nalunnakkal (India)--Vice Moderator of WCC´s Commission on World Mission and Evangelism
      Mr. Theodore B.T. Issa (Australia)
      Ms. Faten Hanna Al-Kass (Syria)
      Ms. Alya Basheer (USA)

      His Holiness Ignatius Zakka 1 Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and All
      the East, also one of the Presidents of the Council, is not
      attending the Assembly for health reasons.

      SOCM News Bureau
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