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In 1961, the "integration" of church and mission - in practice of the IMC with the WCC - became effective at the assemblies of New Delhi. The mission councils affiliated to the IMC became affiliated to the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the WCC (CWME, later called Conference). The Division on World Mission and Evangelism (DWME, later, Commission) took over the programmatic work and responsibility of the IMC, which ceased to exist.
From then on, the world mission conferences could really be called "ecumenical" because of the much larger denominational participation, including Orthodox churches and, soon after Vatican II, also Roman Catholic observers.
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