Church leaders agreed in 1937 to establish a World Council of Churches. Its official establishment was deferred with the outbreak of World Wat II until 23 August 1948, when delegates of 147 churches assembled in Amsterdam. Subsequent mergers were with the International Missionary Council in 1961 and the World Council of Christian Education in 1971.
The Catholic Church is not a member but sends delegates with observer status to the Assemblies held every 6 years.
we thank you for the work done by the World Council of Churches to provide a forum where churches can work together in a spirit of tolerance and mutual understanding.
We ask your blessing on all who are working to foster unity in the Christian Churches and pray that it might be achieved.
By Fr Pat O'Shea - Lower Hutt
Pope Francis speaks to WCC members in 2018