Pope Francis Attends World Council of Churches Meeting

On June 21, Pope Francis attended the World Council of Churches meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The one day visit, only the third such visit by a pope to the council headquarters, highlighted the work of living in harmony even through long-lived disagreements. The pope’s visit, which was being styled as an “ecumenical pilgrimage,” took the theme “Waking, Praying and Working Together” and featured three encounters: an ecumenical meeting, ecumenical prayer and a lunch with the organization’s leadership.

The World Council of Churches is an outgrowth of a late 19th century ecumenical movement that brought together many Protestant denominations and Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the organization.