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General Secretary of CCA expresses optimism for Asia's ecumenical body

Reverend Dr. Ahn Jae-woong, the general secretary of the Christian Conference in Asia, expressed his faith in the ecumenical movement in Asia
( [email protected] ) Jan 25, 2005 12:19 AM EST

Reverend Dr. Ahn Jae-woong, the general secretary for the Christian Conference in Asia, expressed his faith in the ecumenical movement in Asia after he had attended the Eucharist service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Hong Kong, Jan 20th, 2005.

In his sermon during service, he had preached, "As Christians, we need to seek cooperation. No matter which denomination we are from, we Christians should let the church be [a] church. ­And the most important thing is [that] the ecumenical movement should testify the Gospel to all humankind, until 'all of them may be one' (John 17:21)."

While receiving a short interview with the reporters of Gospel Post Hong Kong, he said that the Christian ecumenical movement entered a new stage, as the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church prepared and published the text of prayer together, and the protestants and Catholics prayed in the same ceremony for the first time.

The Christian Conference of Asia has member churches in 18 nations in the Asia-Pacific arena, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and so on. The majority of CCA member-churches are Christian churches, along with a minority number of that of Anglican and Orthodox.

However, according to Reverend Dr. Ahn, though Roman Catholic churches have not been members of CCA formally, they have attended past activities hosted by the CCA for years, and continue to willingly show cooperation.

He told GP reporters that he was "full of faith" in the development of the Christian ecumenical movement.