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Day 11 - Thursday 31 July


With prolonged applause and a standing ovation, participants in the Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) bid farewell to Bishop emeritus Dr Christian Krause (right), whose six-year term as LWF President officially ended July 31.

Krause was elected to the LWF’s leading position at the 1997 Ninth Assembly in Hong Kong, China. He was bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brunswick, Germany, from 1994 to January 2002.

The newly-elected LWF President, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson (left, above) expressed deep gratitude for Krause’s leadership. “You have spent your life being an interpreter, interpreting the Lutheran communion to the world, listening to the voices of the world and interpreting those voices for us,” Hanson said amid applause.  


Participants in the LWF Tenth Assembly celebrated the end of the eleven-day gathering in a Closing Eucharist July 31 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.

The installation of the new LWF President and Council took place during the closing worship.




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