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Day 10 - Wednesday 30 July


In the final press conference of his six-year term as president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Bishop emeritus Dr Christian Krause reflected on the highlights of his years in office.

The former bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brunswick, Germany, listed what for him had been the most significant events. First and foremost had been his pastoral visits to the LWF member churches worldwide, in particular to the churches of Eastern Europe and Russia, which were in the early stages of transition from communist rule and moving back into the fellowship of the global communion.

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The LWF has asked International Financial Institutions to acknowledge that part of the debt given to developing countries is illegitimate and odious. "The debt is the responsibility of the creditors and has to be cancelled", the LWF Tenth Assembly said in a public statement.

The Assembly noted that the debt burden had increased and was a major barrier to poverty eradication and fulfillment of basic human rights for all.

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The LWF Tenth Assembly concluded with one “Message” in many parts, all relating to the gathering’s theme “For the Healing of the World”.

Delegates worked into the evening hours on the final full day of the Assembly to approve a Message that summarizes the major areas of concern and provides direction for the LWF’s activities for the next six years until the next Assembly.

The Assembly Message acknowledges a “world in need of healing” and identifies areas of special concern for member churches in the worldwide communion of nearly 62 million Lutherans.

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> Click here for the LWF Tenth Assembly Message, adopted 30 July 2003 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)


The Assembly called on the US government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and to work seriously to decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

The Kyoto Protocol was prepared by the United Nations at a meeting of more than 160 of its member nations, meeting in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997 to continue the work of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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