WCC NEWS: Tribute to late WCC president Pope Shenouda IIIFrom WCC media <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:05:34 +0100
World Council of Churches - News WCC PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE PRESIDENT POPE SHENOUDA III For immediate release: 18 March 2012 Pope Shenouda III, spiritual leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church since 1971 and a president of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 1991 to 1998, passed away of natural causes on Saturday 17 March. In a letter to the church dated 18 March, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit paid tribute to Pope Shenoudaâs unwavering pursuit of Christian unity and peace throughout the Middle East and the world. âAs a leader he taught us that modesty is the best way to serve Christ,â wrote Tveit, noting that Shenouda is remembered as âa strong believer in Christian-Muslim conviviality and cooperation. His initiatives in the field of interreligious dialogue contributed to the unity of the Egyptian people.â Shenouda III held the ancient office of Pope of Alexandria and, as such, was a successor to Saint Mark the Evangelist who, according to tradition, brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to the great Mediterranean city in the first century A.D. Tveit concluded his tribute with this prayer, âMay Pope Shenoudaâs words, witness and memory strengthen the faith of Christians in Egypt and the Middle East; and, may his soul rest in the peace of the Kingdom of God.â Full text of WCC tribute to Pope Shenouda III (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=b6f7fddff8b17ee572d0 ) The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland. You receive this information as a subscriber of our media list. You are registered as Worldwide with the address email@example.com. Click here to unsubscribe or change your distribution settings (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=b969783a4230dfccbc6a ).