THE Vatican is sending 16 observers to the fifth. assembly of the World Council of Churches in Nairobi from November 23 to December 10, the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity announced last week.
They are: Fr Pierre Duprey, WE, Under-secretary of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, leader of the delegation; Fr Simon Amalorpavadass of India, Director of the National Biblical Cateehetical and Liturgical Centre, Bangalore; Fr Edouard Gakwandi, Professor or Scripture in the Major Seminary at Nyundo, Rwanda; Fr John Hotchkin, Director of the Bishops' Commitee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, LISA; Fr Antonio Javierre, SDB, Of Spain, Professor in the Pontificio Ateneo Salesian° in Rome and member of the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC; Fr Vincent Kanyonza, formerly Professor of theology at the Major Seminary, Gaba, Uganda; now Secretary of the Uganda Christian Council; Dr Marge Klompe, Minister of State, Netherlands; member of the Pontifical Commission, Justice and Peace; Fr Bonaventura Kloppenburg, OFM, of Brazil; Director of the Pastoral Institute of CELAM, Medellin, Colombia; Fr Emmanuel Lanne, OSB, of the Priory of Chevetogne, Belgium; vicepresident of the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC; Fr John Long, SJ of the staff of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, 1-r Basil Meeking of the staff of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity; Miss Elizabeth Namaganda, member of the International Grail; director of the Uganda Social Training Centre in Kampala; Bishop Peter Sarpong of the diocese of Kumasi. Ghana, member of the Pontifical Commission, Justice and Peace; Bishop Paul-Werner Scheele, Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese of Paderborn, Germany; Director of the JohannAdam Mohler Institute, Paderborn; Sister Gilinary Simmons of the Maryknoll Sisters, New York, a doctor of medicine formerly in Korea, formerly staff consultant to the Christian Medical Commission of the WCC; Mr Vittorio Veronese of Rome; former Director General
in UNESCO, chairman of the Peace Committee of the Pontifical Commission, Justice and Peace.
Delegated observers are officially designated by nonmember churches and have the right to speak but not to vote.
In addition to the above the World Council of Churches has also invited a number of local Catholics to be present at the assembly as guests. Among the invited guests will be Mgr Charles Moeller, secretary of the Vatican Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity; Mgr Andrea di Montezemolo, pro-secretary of the Pontifical Commission. Justic and Peace.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr Michael Manley, is to address the assembly. He will be speaking to some 2,500 people assembled in the Kenyatta Conference Centre, including delegates from the 271 churches holding WCC membership.
A leading Methodist layman, Mr Manley has been asked to relate the Christian Gospel to the social issues of the contemporary world in an address entitled "From the Shackles of Domination and Oppression." It is expected that he will challenge the churches particularly to more courageous engagement in the struggle for social and racial justice.
The assembly participants are also scheduled to hear addresses on the main theme "Jesus Christ Frees and Unites" -on Christian unity, evangelism, and human survival in a scientific, technological world.
Mr Manley has been Jamaica's Prime Minister since March 1912 toitowing the election victory of the People's National Party of which he was president.
'Trained as an economist at the I.ondon School of Economics, He worked as a journalist and union organiser before being elected first vice president of the National Workers' Union.
During 20 years as an active trade unionist he became one of the most skilful negotiators in the English-speaking world. In 1967 he entered elective politics and won a seat in Parliament. Two years later he became president of the People's National Party and leader of the opposition in Parliament.
A firm believer in the democratic party system, Mr Manley has said: "The key to development in a young society is mobilisation of the popular will." He is strongly committed to "the politics of participation," and has highlighted the need for the people to feel themselves part of the decisionmaking process.
Mr Manley is the second head of government to give a major address at a WCC Assembly. President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia spoke to the last assembly in Uppsala, Sweden in 1968. Earlier this year Mr Manley played host to the Commonwealth heads of government in Kingston.
WCC assemblies convene every seven years to decide policy and directions for the programmes in which member churches co-operate and to give expression to their unity in the Christian faith.