The Executive Committee of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC) held an online meeting on 6 November 2020. The WCC was represented by Metropolitan Nifon of Târgoviște, member of the WCC Central Committee and Co–Moderator of the JWG, Reverend Odair Pedroso Mateus, interim Deputy Secretary General and Director of Faith and Order, and Dr Vasile Octavian Mihoc, programme executive for ecumenical relations and a Co–Secretary of the JWG. The Catholic Church was represented by Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Co–Moderator of the JWG, Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the PCPCU, Monsignor Juan Usma Gómez and Reverend Andrzej Choromanski, Co-Secretary of the JWG.
The Executive discussed the two studies with recommendations to churches currently in preparation (“Peace is a Treasure for All – An Ecumenical Reflection on Peace Building in Situations of Conflict and Violence” and “Migrants and Refugees – Ecumenical Challenges and Opportunities”) and decided about the next steps regarding the production of the final Report of the current mandate. A communiqué was issued at the conclusion of the meeting.
Founded in 1965, the JWG was one of the first ecumenical fruits of the Second Vatican Council. Since then it has been a catalyst of fruitful theological discussion and practical cooperation. The nine reports produced so far testify to important achievements accomplished by the JWG in fields of doctrinal dialogue, ecumenical formation, mission and evangelism, youth, justice and peace, and new emerging questions related to the life of modern societies. During the current mandate that began in 2014 and will end with the next Assembly of the WCC scheduled for 2022, the JWG has focused on the role of the churches in combating violence and promoting peace and ecumenical challenges and opportunities related to migrants and refugees.