A first balance

The organizers have called on the 2. Ecumenical Church Congress
(oKT) was considered a great success and a "great ecumenical event". Catholics and Protestants pleaded for another oKT. According to data released on Saturday, more than 130 people have visited the city since Wednesday.000 permanent participants and tens of thousands of day guests to more than 3.000 events.

The Christian meeting under the motto "So that you may have hope" will end on Sunday with a large church service. In the evening, thousands of Christians demonstrated with a human chain between the city's Episcopal churches for meal communion between Catholics and Protestants. This had been called for by the movement "We are Church". On the last working day of the oKT, criticism of the banks, demands for a fairer economic order and appeals for more development aid dominated the church congress. Former bishop Margot Kabmann caused ecumenical controversy with a statement on the pill. Eckard Nagel, the Protestant president of the oKT, told journalists that the meeting had brought ecumenism forward. His Catholic colleague Alois Gluck assessed it as a commitment to the community of Christians. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German Bishops' Conference, spoke of encouraging days. They would have brought new fellowship to the denominations. The chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Praeses Nikolaus Schneider, praised the participation of Orthodoxy. He contradicted reports of having already advocated a 3. oKT to have pleaded in the jubilee year of the Reformation in 2017. Both presidents saw in the meeting encouragement in times of uncertainty. The Kirchentag, Nagel said, had "no easy messages" in the financial crisis, but called for social justice. For this stands the announcement of a new social word of the churches. Gluck addressed the ie of abuse. It was present at the oKT, but did not dominate it. Zollitsch said that his church was aware of its responsibility for victims and for coming to terms with the past. She is working "flat out" to "make sure things like this don't happen again". One and a half days after Kabmann's assessment of the pill as a "gift from God" at a service in the Catholic Liebfrauendom, Zollitsch contradicted the former EKD leader. The pill is man-made "and not something that came into the world as a gift from God," he said. Schneider said no one could seriously think that God "put the pill on earth". Kabmann is concerned with a responsible approach to sexuality, she said. Schneider, like Nagel, gave an emphatically positive assessment of Kabmann's various appearances at mostly crowded events. "I am glad from the bottom of my heart." She had used the Kirchentag as a "launching pad" to get back into the public eye. All representatives expressed their hope for progress in the struggle for communion between Catholics and Protestants. Schneider referred to the Orthodox meal celebration with 20.000 participants on Friday evening. This "appetizer" had "really whetted the appetite for the main course," which is now yet to come. Zollitsch said he understood longing and impatience on the ie. But he warns against a meal community without official understanding. Otherwise new divisions threatened. On Saturday evening, the program included a "Long Night of Science," a musical "Night of World Religions," and concerts in squares and churches. Organizers expected more than 10 people to attend a Nena concert alone.000 spectators. On Sunday morning, a large church service on the Theresienwiese will conclude oKT. Afterwards, the Kirchentag guests set off on their way home on nine special trains, among others. In 2011, the next Protestant Kirchentag will be held in Dresden; in 2012, there will be a Catholic Day in Mannheim.

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