From 12-19 June 2019, in Nanjing, China, the Faith and Order Commission (F&O) held its biannual plenary meeting, hosted by the China Christian Council. During the meeting the Commission discussed the results of the work of its three study groups on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace; Ecclesiology; and Moral Discernment in the Churches. The Catholic Church is represented in each of these projects. With the Nanjing meeting the Commission entered into the final phase of its current mandate that will expire with the next general assembly of the WCC, scheduled for September 2021 in Karlsruhe, Germany. As decided in Nanjing, during this phase the work of the Commission will focus on finalizing each of the three studies and preparing the publications of the findings.
The Faith and Order Commission is a study commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) composed of about 50 members and consultants representing churches belonging to the main historical streams of Christianity. The Commission is a unique multilateral, global forum dedicated to ecumenical theology. Although the Roman Catholic Church is not a member church of the WCC, the Faith and Order Commission includes four full voting members (Professor Father William Henn, OFM Cap, Professor Dr Myriam Wijlens, Professor Dr Krzysztof Mielcarek, and Professor Dr David G. Kirchhoffer) as well as one consultant (Father Andrzej Choromanski, PCPCU). All the Catholic members attended the meeting.
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