Aram I Catholicos Says Reunification of Korea Top Priority

SEOUL–In his message to the congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Korea–His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of Cilicia and Moderator of the Central Committee of the WCC–emphasized the urgency of the reunification of the South and North Koreas. He said that the international community should help these countries engage in a process of democratization and reconciliation on the basis of mutual trust and respect.

In his message–the Catholicos focused on the pivotal role that needs to be played in the world by the Christian Church. "Being Christian means being a witness–and being a witness means taking the whole Gospel to the world. We are sent by God in Christ to become missionaries in a world–where the Gospel values are in decline–in a world dominated by injustice–violence–in a world which is in dire need of meaning."

Present at the Church were state officials and Ecumenical guests.

His Holiness attended a luncheon given in his honor–by the former representatives of the Korean Churches at the WCC. His Holiness also attended a formal dinner organized by the Churches of South Korea.

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