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Mr. Per Voksø (79) has passed away

07.01.03

Mr. Per Voksø, one of the most significant church leaders in the Church of Norway since the Second World War, died 28 December 2002, at the age of 79, after prolonged illness.

Mr. Voksø was an architect of important reforms within the Church of Norway over several decades. He led the committee that prepared the formation of a national council for the Church of Norway, and he was the first National Council President from 1970 to 1978.

Mr. Voksø represented outstanding and influential lay church leadership nationally and internationally. Since he participated in the first WCC Assembly in 1948, he was interested in and committed to international ecumenical work. He was a member of the WCC Central and Executive Committees 1983-1991.

His concern for global justice and ability to build bridges between the denominations is renowned. He took part in the formation of the Church of Norway Council of Ecumenical and International Relations, and had a strong personal involvement in the ecumenical movement through the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches. The YMCA-YWCA and Norwegian Church Aid also benefited from his work.

Per Voksø grew up in Bergen, where he started his long career as an editor and journalist in several Norwegian newspapers, before he became the editor of the Reader’s Digest publishing house in Norway.


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