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Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) has been the locus of ecumenical activity within the Roman Catholic Church. The PCPCU encourages ecumenical activity among other Catholic bodies and coordinates dialogue with other churches and ecclesial communities. Created in 1960 as the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, it began as an effort to include ecumenical observers in the Second Vatican Council; Pope John Paul II rechristened it the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) in 1989. The PCPCU president also oversees the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, which is organizationally distinct from the Vatican's other interfaith dialogue initiatives. Cardinal Walter Kasper served as PCPCU president from 2001 to 2010, when he was succeeded by Cardinal Kurt Koch, who assumed the post in July 2010.

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