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.
Christian Action Can Change the World, WCC 9th Assembly Told
Thousands gathered at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 9th Assembly to hear an opening prayer calling upon Christians worldwide to fight poverty as an absolute priority.
The message was delivered by Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania to all who testify themselves as followers of Jesus in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Feb 14th.
The historic Assembly, which is by far the most diverse and extravagant yet, opened with a huge prayer service where an energetic choir made up of members of local congregations sang gracefully. The opening prayers were based around the core theme of the Assembly: God, in your grace, transform the world'. (...)