Ecumenical Congress Opens in Germany

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MUNICH, Germany, MAY 13, 2010 ( Catholic and evangelical representatives have gathered for an ecumenical conference in Munich, which includes music, presentations, prayer and fellowship.

The congress, which is being promoted by the Central Committee of German Catholics and the German Evangelical Congress, opened Wednesday and will close on Sunday.

Some 130,000 participants are registered for the event that has as its theme «So That You Have Hope.»

On Wednesday night, 300,000 people formed a human chain and prayed the Our Father together through the streets of the city.

On Friday, as part of the congress, participants will gather in Munich’s Odeonsplatz for the celebration of Vespers according to the Orthodox tradition.

Then, the Christians of different Churches will sit outdoors at 1,000 tables, each with two benches to accommodate 10 persons. After singing hymns and offering prayers, they will hold an agape meal, in which they will share blessed bread, oil and wine.

The congress aims to promote reflection on the way Christians can witness to their faith in modern secular society.

This is the second congress of its kind; the first took place two years ago in Berlin with 500,000 participants.

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