The Charta Oecumenica

Guidelines for the Growing Cooperation
among the Churches in Europe

Following the Second European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz 1997, the Churches of Europe, especially the smaller minority churches (such as France's Église Réformée), felt in need of ecumenical guidelines.

In 1999 the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE, representing the Roman Catholic Church) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC, representing Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican Churches) agreed a draft text of The Charta Oecumenica.

Launched in Geneva in July 1999, it was widely distributed and discussed throughout European churches (but hardly, as yet, in Great Britain).

As a result of these many discussions and responses, a Final Text was prepared, and signed in Strasbourg at Easter 2001.

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