The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity was represented by Reverend Andrzej Choromanski at the online meeting of the Assembly Planning Committee (APC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) held from 22-25 September 2020. The APC is a counselling body that assists the Assembly Secretariat and the WCC governing bodies in planning for the Assembly. Over the four days, some thirty representatives of the member churches together with ecumenical partners discussed the thematic and practical aspects of the Assembly in order to provide further direction for the development of the programme, taking into consideration the implications of COVID-19 on the life of the churches and ecumenical relations. The APC received an update from the interim General Secretary of the WCC on the decision to postpone the Assembly, now rescheduled to take place from 31 August to 8 September 2022 in Karlsruhe, Germany on the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”
The World Council of Churches has held ten Assemblies to date, starting with the founding Assembly in 1948 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The last one took place in 2013 in Busan, South Korea, on the theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”. Official Catholic observers have taken part in this important WCC event since the Third Assembly in New Delhi in 1961.