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Below is one of a selection articles found in an attempt to gauge the impact in the media of the WCC's 9th Assembly. Since it appeared in an independent publication, this article neither represents nor necessarily reflects the official policy of the World Council of Churches.




Amid Diversity, WCC Assembly Brings Show of Unity


From Feb. 14-23, the campus of Catholic Pontifical University was transformed into a global village for the World Council of Churches 9th Assembly.

The vitality of the ecumenical movement was evident as some 4,000 people prayed and sang together, engaged in dialogue and debate, and learned a little bit more about one another's cultures and religions - in five official languages.

More than half of the participants - those attending the informal "mutirĂ£o" gatherings - came simply because they wanted to be a part of the event. Overall, the largest number of participants, 34 percent, came from Latin America, followed by Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Caribbean and the Pacific. Fifty-five percent of the participants were men, 45 percent women and 19 percent youth - people age 30 and younger. (...)