Ecumenical News International

Offer hope to crisis-hit world, European churches' leaders urge

July 16, 2009

Lyon (ENI). A gathering of European churches has opened in the French city of Lyon with an account of how a church rebuilt itself after religion was banned, and with a call for Christians to be at the forefront of resisting all forms of violence and racism. "As Christians, we dare to hope, even in an age when millions of people all over the planet are in despair, under pressure from the global economic crisis, and are overwhelmed by uncertainty," said the head of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Anastasios, when he addressed delegates at the 15 July opening worship service of the once-every-six-years assembly of the Conference of European Churches.



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