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Founded in 1948, the World Council of Churches is a fellowship of 345 Protestant and Orthodox Christian churches in 110 countries.
Bishop Otto Dibelius of Berlin-Brandenburg, World
Council of Churches president, preaches in the Cathedral
of Odense, Denmark, at WCC's 10th anniversary service on
August 24, 1958.
The Central Committee of the
World Council of Churches -- Chairman Franklin C. Fry,
United States; Dr. D.T. Niles, Ceylon; Metropolitan
Parthenios, Egypt; and Rev. Peter Dagadu, Ghana -- met in
Greece in 1959.
The Third General Assembly of the World Council of Churches met in New Delhi, India, in late 1961. It was attended by 625 official ambassadors from 48 countries and 176 member churches. One of the most important actions taken by the Assembly was the admission of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Presidents of the World Council of Churches in
1961 included, left to right: Sir Francis Ibiam of
Nigeria; Dr. Martin Niemoeller of West Germany;
Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America; Arthur
Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury; David Moses of
India; Charles Parlin of the United States.
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