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The newly elected Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, from 12-14 June 2005. The announcement was made yesterday in a press conference at the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Athens, Greece.

It will be the first official meeting between the pontiff and the head of the ecumenical body which brings together 347 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches across the world.

Both leaders face major challenges in seeking to move the historic denominations into the global, post-Christendom era.

The new Pope emphasized his commitment to Christian unity shortly after he was chosen by the College of Cardinals on 19 April to become the 265th leader of the one billion strong Catholic Church.


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