Dr. Samy Fawzy, Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria, announced the acceptance of the province’s membership in the World Council of Churches, as the Council sent a letter of congratulations to the Archbishop informing him of the decision.
In a statement today, the Archbishop said that Rev. Dr. Iwan Sokka, Acting Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches, confirmed in an official letter the approval of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches on the membership of the province of Alexandria for the Episcopal Church, in meetings held in the middle of this month at the council’s headquarters in the Swiss capital, Geneva.
The Archbishop explained: We will participate with a representative of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria in the meetings of the World Council of Churches next September for the first time.
The Archbishop considered that the acceptance of Alexandria’s membership in the World Council of Churches, which includes all Christian denominations from all over the world, confirms the council’s appreciation of the Anglican Church and the role it plays in the Christian world.
It is worth noting that the World Council of Churches was established in 1948, and includes all ecclesiastical families, but it does not include the Roman Catholic Church, which is present in it as an observer. Of the 590 million people in the world in 150 countries, it includes 520 thousand parishes served by 493,000 priests, teachers, and theologians.