An international conference on the theme "Combatting Modern Slavery with Science and Philosophy" was held from 24-25 June in Geneva under the auspices of the Forum Engelberg. Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was the guest of honour and presented a paper entitled "L'œcuménisme du sang, signe d'espérance pour l'unité du Corps du Christ". Martyrdom, reflected Cardinal Koch, is "a fundamental experience of Christianity today, one in which all Churches and Ecclesial Communities have their martyrs. Christians are not persecuted today because they belong to a particular Christian community, but because they are Christians." The meeting was also attended by the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, and Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences.
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