In a special message to the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee received on 27 June, Patriarch John X of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East affirmed “closeness in prayer, and in accompanying the work of the meeting through the communication with the devoted delegates of the Holy and Apostolic Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.”
The patriarch expresses the thoughtfulness of the theme for the WCC 11th Assembly, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”
“As beloved children, Christians learn about love from the example of Christ’s infinite love for the sake of all humans, when He voluntarily gave Himself over to death to save them from sin and death,” he writes.
Many difficulties still challenge our movement toward visible unity, the message continues. “Nonetheless, these challenges impel us to ceaseless prayer and deep repentance,” the message reads.