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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.




Christian leaders opened their most ambitious gathering


PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) -- Christian leaders opened their most ambitious gathering in nearly a decade Tuesday looking to address the faith's internal rifts and to ease discord with Islam stirred by cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

The World Council of Churches meeting -- its biggest since 1998 -- will seek to clarify new priorities for a membership that covers more than 500 million followers: mainline Protestant denominations, Anglicans and Orthodox churches. The Roman Catholic Church, which counts more than 1 billion faithful, is not a full WCC member, although it cooperates closely in many areas. (...)