ECUMENISM: FRANCE, THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CECEF IN PARIS TONIGHT

The Council of the Christian Churches of France (Cecef) turns twenty. The anniversary of the body for ecumenical dialogue, through which the Christians of France have learnt to know each other and work together, establishing relations of mutual esteem and friendship, will be celebrated tonight in Paris, in the Cathedral of Saint Stéphane, where the Assembly of the French Orthodox Bishops (Aeof) is based. At 6 pm, during a celebration, the joint presidents of Cecef (card. André Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris ad president of the French Bishops Conference; pastor Claude Baty, president of the Protestant Federation of France; the metropolitan bishop Emmanuel, president of the Assembly of the Orthodox Bishops of France) will sign the European Ecumenical Charter, drawn up by the Conference of European Churches (Kek) and by the Council of European Bishops Conferences (Ccee) after the ecumenical meetings of 1986 in Basel and 1997 in Graz. A gesture which, explain the organisers, wishes "to be further confirmation of the will to go on along the way of shared dialogue and testimony". Three delegates of the Catholicòs of all Armenians are also members of Cecef. The Anglican community has an observer there.

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