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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.




World Council of Churches to 'Transform World'


At a moment when war, violence and poverty engulf much of the world, and when the vision of church unity seems uncertain at best and fading for many, the World Council of Churches is boldly asking God to "transform the world." The international ecumenical body of some 347 Orthodox and Protestant churches and denominations across 120 countries will gather next week (Feb. 14-23) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, for its first assembly of the 21st century -- and the ninth since its founding in 1948.