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Day 3 - Wednesday 23 July


"I grew up in the faith of my mother and my grandmother, who told me, ‘When God calls you, you’d better go.’" With these words, Dr Margot Kässmann, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, Germany, opened her keynote address to the Assembly.

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Mr Gary Doer, Premier (government leader) of Manitoba, the province which is hosting the Assembly, vowed to get to the bottom of the controversy surrounding the denial of visas to dozens of international participants.

"We’re going to follow this up with the federal government and the group here to make sure that whatever went wrong won’t go wrong again," said Doer in an interview after bringing greetings to the Assembly.

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The 90-minute presentation "LWF Presents Itself", featured dancers from many nations, live music, narration in 12 languages, video and audio clips and group singing, to express what the LWF had accomplished during the six years since the LWF Ninth Assembly in Hong Kong in 1997.

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