20th anniversary of Joint Declaration on Justification

 — November 28, 201928 novembre 2019

On 22 November, an ecumenical service was held in the basilica of the Sant'Anselmo Benedictine Abbey in Rome. Representatives of each of the four world communions and others in leadrship of the event are pictured here during the service. At the centre is a baptismal font used to commemorate our common baptism. The text of the Joint Declaration is seen on a lectern placed before the altar.
On 22 November, an ecumenical service was held in the basilica of the Sant'Anselmo Benedictine Abbey in Rome. Representatives of each of the four world communions and others in leadrship of the event are pictured here during the service. At the centre is a baptismal font used to commemorate our common baptism. The text of the Joint Declaration is seen on a lectern placed before the altar.
from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

On Friday, 22 November 2019, an ecumenical prayer service including a commemoration of common baptism was held in the basilica of the Sant’Anselmo Benedictine Abbey in Rome.

The event marked the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification signed on Reformation Day 1999 (31 October) by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church. A facsimile of the document was placed on a lectern in the apse of Sant ̍ Anselmo.

The Joint Declaration was subsequently approved by the World Methodist Council, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Anglican Communion.

The prayer service in Sant’Anselmo was conducted following the liturgical order drawn up by the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity for the international anniversary celebrations.

The historical baptismal font dating from 1832, originally donated for use in the chapel of the Protestant embassy, was used for the common baptismal commemoration in Rome. The baptismal font is inscribed with the verse of a baptismal poem by Pope Sixtus III (fourth century) which is also engraved on the architrave of the Baptistery of the Lateran Basilica.

Present alongside Cardinal Kurt Koch and Bishop Brian Farrell of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity were Dean Heiner Bludau of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy and Reverend Michael Jonas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rome. Pastor Olof Olsson represented the parish of the Swedish Lutherans. The Anglican Communion was represented by Archbishop Ian Ernest, the United Methodist Church by Pastor Mirella Manocchio, with Pastor Emanuele Fiume of the Waldensian community representing the Reformed tradition.

The Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation, Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB, who provided a spiritual reflection during the worship, also welcomed a delegation of American Lutherans together with Bishops Guy Erwin and Lowell G. Almen.

A special joy was the presence of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East under the leadership of the two Co-Chairs, His Beatitude Mar Meelis Zaia, Metropolitan of Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon, and Bishop Johan Bonny from Antwerp (Belgium).

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Cristina Vanin, second from left, responds to feedback at the ‘One Baptism? A Symposium on Baptism and the Christian Life’ event during a panel discussion. Also pictured, from left to right: John Rempel, Mary (Joy) Philip, Anthony Siegrist and facilitator Jeremy Bergen. (Photo by Janet Bauman)

Deepening the meaning of baptism

 — November 20, 201920 novembre 2019

After five years of meetings by an international commission of Mennonites, Lutherans and Roman Catholics on the topic of baptism, John Rempel, the commission’s Mennonite representative, presented a trilateral report from that dialogue at an event called “One Baptism? A Symposium on Baptism and the Christian Life,” at Waterloo North Mennonite Church on Nov. 8.

Pastors, denominational leaders, professors and some students from Conrad Grebel University College attended the Anabaptist Learning Workshop event, sponsored by Grebel and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

Framed around scriptures emphasizing the image of the church as one body with one baptism, the symposium began and ended with times of worship. In between, Rempel summarized the report and then invited three people, one from each tradition, to respond. They formed a panel that fielded further comments and questions.

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) engaged in the trilateral dialogue because “Jesus Christ calls us to be one.” Participation was seen as a way to build on previous reconciliation efforts between the denominations, nurturing mutual understanding and cooperation.
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A bird flies through smog in New Delhi, India, Nov. 13, 2019. Pope Francis told participants at a Vatican City conference on criminal justice Nov. 15, that there are plans to include a definition of ecological and other “psycho-social phenomenon” hate sins in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Catechism will be updated to include ecological sins, pope says

 — November 15, 201915 novembre 2019

Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church’s official teaching.

“We should be introducing — we were thinking — in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, ecological sin against the common home,” he told participants at a conference on criminal justice Nov. 15.

Members of the International Association of Penal Law were in Rome Nov. 13-16 for the conference, which centered on the theme, “Criminal Justice and Corporate Business.”

Pope Francis also denounced the abuse of law and legislation to justify acts of violence and hatred.
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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Photo: Gavriil Grigorov/Tass/PA Images

Patriarchs at war as Russian ‘cancels’ Alexandrian from prayers

 — November 11, 201911 novembre 2019

The Patriarchate of Alexandria has become the latest to recognise Ukraine’s new independent Orthodox church, prompting angry reactions from Russian leaders who bitterly opposed its establishment by the Ecumenical Patriarchate a year ago.

In a brief statement during a Cairo service, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All-Africa said the recognition had been conferred after “many prayers and consultations” among his senior clergy. Meanwhile, in a second message to his bishops, published by Greece’s Orthodox Romfea news agency, Theodore confirmed the move, adding that it had followed “mature reflection” and many personal talks, and been taken out of “concern for peace and the Orthodox churches’ unity and wellbeing”.
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Members of the Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue on the campus of the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, 23-30 October 2019

Reformed-Pentecostal dialogue distilling five years’ of discussion

 — November 2, 20192 novembre 2019

The sixth session of the Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue, which has revolved around the understanding of “mission,” focused on bringing together the fruits of their five years of work: mission and salvation; the Holy Spirit and mission; mission and the unity of the church; mission and eschatology.

The work will be presented in a single document to be published next year. Dialogue participants hope that this publication will be useful for Reformed and Pentecostal churches to better understand each other and encourage common witness in word and action.
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The Revd Dr Will Adam with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in India yesterday.
Photo: Lambeth Palace

New Director of Unity, Faith and Order appointed for the Anglican Communion

 — September 3, 20193 septembre 2019

The Ecumenical Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr William Adam, is to be the new Director of Unity, Faith and Order for the Anglican Communion. His new role, which he takes on with immediate effect, will be held alongside his role at Lambeth Palace, which he has held since 2017. He succeeds the Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut, who was appointed to the post in 2014 and held it until earlier this year, when he became President, Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Canada’s Thorneloe University.

Will Adam was ordained in the Church of England in 1994 and held parish appointments until taking up his post advising the Archbishop of Canterbury. From 2017 until now he has also served as Ecumenical Officer in the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity. He has experience of ecumenical dialogue at national and international level.
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New Orthodox-Catholic statement on the Vocation and Mission of the People of God

 — August 6, 20196 aoüt 2019

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation has released a new agreed statement entitled, The Vocation and Mission of the People of God: “A Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation”. The document was finalized at the most recent meeting of the Consultation which took place in late May of this year at the Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire. The Consultation is co-chaired by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the Catholic Archbishop of Newark, and by Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios of Boston.
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Communion Table at the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), July 2019.
Photo: Glenn Davis/Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Full Communion, not a Merger

 — July 22, 201922 juillet 2019

It has been years in the making, but today, 22 July 2019, delegates to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada General Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, approved a historic agreement with The United Church of Canada. Known as a Full Communion Agreement, it allows clergy to move freely between the denominations if they choose, and recognizes each other’s sacraments of baptism and communion. The United Church of Canada voted for this agreement in July 2018 at its 43rd General Council meeting. In 2015, the United Church signed a similar Full Communion Agreement with the United Church of Christ (USA).
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Watershed vote as Anglican Church of Canada supports an indigenous church

 — July 19, 201919 juillet 2019

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has voted overwhelmingly to approve steps to enable a self-determining indigenous church within the Church. Following the approval of changes in canon law, the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Mark MacDonald, was given the title and status of Archbishop. He will always be an invited guest at Sacred Circle — the national gatherings of indigenous Anglicans for prayer, worship, discernment, and decision-making — with a voice but no vote.

The resolution will allow the National Indigenous Ministry to make various changes on the composition of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) and Sacred Circle without needing the approval of General Synod.

Archbishop Mark said: “people often misinterpret what we’re doing as an attempt at independence, away from the church. We really wish to become an indigenous expression of the church, and we are only asking for the freedom and dignity that other Anglicans already enjoy.”
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Bishop Linda Nicholls of the Diocese of Huron was elected as the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada at the General Synod in Vancouver on July 13, 2019

Anglican Church of Canada elects its first female primate – Bishop Linda Nicholls

 — July 15, 201915 juillet 2019

The Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) has elected Linda Nicholls, the Bishop of the Diocese of Huron, as its next primate. She will become the first woman to hold this position in the ACoC and only the second female primate in the Anglican Communion.

The election, held during the Church’s General Synod at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver on 13 July, began with five nominees. Bishop Linda was elected on the fourth ballot, with 64 per cent of lay votes and 71 per cent of votes among the clergy.

Speaking shortly after the election, Bishop Linda said: “you have bestowed on me an honour that I can hardly imagine, and it is terrifying. But it is also a gift, to be able to walk with the whole of the Anglican Church of Canada from coast to coast to coast.”
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