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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.




Church Unity Remains a Dream of God: Tutu


PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (UMNS) - A united church helped defeat apartheid in South Africa, former Archbishop Desmond Tutu reminded participants at the World Council of Churches' 9th Assembly.

He was one of the speakers during a Feb. 20 plenary session on "Church Unity: Claiming a Common Future."

But apartheid also continued as long as it did "in part because the church was divided," he said. "Some Christians - many Christians - tried to (provide) scriptural justification for it. See how a divided church has exacerbated the conflict in Northern Ireland." (...)