Pope Benedict XVI has written a message to Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, for the occasion of the ninth general assembly of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), which is being held at Porto Alegre, Brazil, from February 14 to 23. The Catholic Church, is not a member of the WCC, though it collaborates with the organisation in various ways, particularly with its Faith and Constitution Commission which has the task of continuing the search for the unity of Christians by promoting common study and reflection on subjects over which division still exists, such as ecclesiology. The Joint Working Group, instituted in 1965, is the principal structure coordinating relations between the Catholic Church and the WCC. In the English-language text, Benedict XVI wrote: "Mindful of our shared baptismal faith in the Triune God, the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches seek ways to cooperate ever more effectively in the task of witnessing to God's divine love. After 40 years of fruitful collaboration, we look forward to continuing this journey of hope and promise, as we intensify our endeavours towards reaching that day when Christians are united in proclaiming the Gospel message of salvation to all." The Pope concludes with assurances of his spiritual closeness to those participating in the Porto Alegre meeting, and reaffirms "the Catholic Church's intention to continue a solid partnership with the World Council of Churches." Source: Fides
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