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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.




Latin Americans Offer Reflections for Assembly Participants


PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (UMNS) - Hosting the World Council of Churches' 9th Assembly is a historic moment for Methodists and other Christians in Brazil, according to one of the nation's Methodist bishops.

"So many people involved in preparing the liturgy for the assembly are Brazilian," said Bishop Adriel de Souza Maia, a Methodist regional leader based in Sao Paulo.

De Souza, who also is president of the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil, believes the assembly will give a boost to the country's ecumenical movement as well. Members of the council include the Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Reformed, Orthodox and Catholics. (...)