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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.




Catholic presence felt daily at WCC assembly in Brazil


PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (CNS) -- Catholic presence at the Ninth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in mid-February was a daily and visible dimension of the international gathering.

Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, headed a 19-member Catholic delegation that occupied a front row in the assembly's plenary hall. The delegation included Vatican officials as well as representatives of bishops' conferences and Catholic religious and lay movements. (...)