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Pope Francis meets the Conference of European Rabbis

For the first time a delegation of the Conference of European Rabbis, presided by Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, has met with the Successor of Peter in the Vatican. Pope Francis, who received them this morning, expressed his joy at this event, and at the same time offered his condolences, which he extended to the Jewish community of Rome, for the death yesterday of the ex Grand Rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff, a “man of peace and dialogue”, who received Pope John Paul II during his historical visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome in April 1986. For this reason, the current Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, was not present at the meeting.

In his address to the delegation, the Pope emphasized that the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish communities continues to progress as it has for half a century; 28 October will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate, which is still the reference point for efforts in this regard. “With gratitude to the Lord, may we recall these years, rejoicing in our progress and in the friendship which has grown between us”, he said.
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Posted: April 20, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8176
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Francis, Judaism, pope, Rabbis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Francis, Judaism, pope, Rabbis


Buddhists and Christians, together to counter modern slavery

“Buddhists and Christians, together to counter modern slavery” is the title of the message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Buddhists, to celebrate the month of Vesakh, the commemoration of the three most significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha – his birth, enlightenment and death. This occasion, according to the president of the dicastery, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, also provides an opportunity “to think of the unfortunate and all who suffer, and to rededicate ourselves to bringing them comfort and happiness through acts of love and compassion”.
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Posted: April 20, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8178
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Buddhist, Catholic, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Buddhist, Catholic, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue


PCIRD: Make space for dialogue with Muslims, now more than ever

The events of recent times cause many of us to ask: ‘Is there still space for dialogue with Muslims?’. The answer is: yes, more than ever. Firstly because the great majority of Muslims themselves do not identify with the current acts of barbarism. Unfortunately today the word ‘religious’ is often associated with the word ‘violence’, whereas believers must demonstrate that religions are required to be heralds of peace and not violence. To kill in the name of religion is not only an offence to God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.
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Posted: April 22, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8172
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: dialogue, Islam, peace, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : dialogue, Islam, peace, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue


Pope Francis meets members of ARCIC III

Pope Francis met with members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International CommissionPope Francis met on Thursday with members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, telling them that the cause of unity is not an optional undertaking. The 18 Anglican and Catholic members of the commission, known as ARCIC III, are holding their annual encounter this week at an ancient retreat house in the Alban hills, south of Rome.The original Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission was founded in the wake of a historic meeting in 1966 between a Pope and an Archbishop of Canterbury – the first since the Reformation and the Church of England’s breakaway from Rome. On that occasion, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey inaugurated a dialogue “founded on the Gospels and on the ancient common traditions” which they hoped would lead to “unity in truth for which Christ prayed”. Meeting with the members of ARCIC III, Pope Francis noted the current session is studying the relationship between the universal Church and the local Church – a question central to his own reform programme – with particular reference to difficult decision making over moral and ethical questions. These discussions, the Pope said, and the forthcoming publication of five jointly agreed statements from the previous phase of the dialogue, remind us that ecumenism is not a secondary element in the life of the Church and that the differences which divide us must not be seen as inevitable. Despite the seriousness of the challenges, he said we must trust even more in the power of the Spirit to heal and reconcile what may not seem possible to our human understanding. Finally Pope Francis highlighted the powerful testimony of Christians from different Churches and traditions who have been victims of violence and persecution. The blood of these martyrs, he said, will nourish a new era of ecumenical commitment to fulfill the last will and testament of the Lord: that all may be one.
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Posted: April 30, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8184
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Francis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Francis


Gordon Smith: What can Evangelicals learn from Catholics?

Dr. Gordon Smith, president of Ambrose University, CalgaryOn Thursday, April 30, Dr. Gordon Smith of Ambrose University in Calgary gave a public lecture entitled “What Can Evangelicals Learn from Catholic Christians? An Evangelical Response”. Smith is the president of Ambrose University, a college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of Canada. He is also a professor of theology and a spiritual director. He has spoken on other occasions about the importance of Evangelical-Catholic relations for the contemporary church. He was invited to Saskatoon by the Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Saskatoon to offer a reflection from an Evangelical perspective on the Catholic Church following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Following Dr. Smith’s presentation, Gertrude Rompré and Dr. Jeromey Martini offered responses. Rompré is the director of Mission and Ministry at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon. Martini is the president of Horizon College in Saskatoon, a professor of New Testament Studies, and a member of the local dialogue group. An extended period was available for question and answer, with questions about the details of Smith’s talk as well as the continuing prospects for dialogue. A video of Smith’s presentation is available. Over the next days additional video segments will be added here, including respondents Gertrude Rompré and Dr. Jeromey Martini. Smith’s outline is available as well.
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Posted: May 4, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8187
Categories: Dialogue, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, Gordon Smith, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : Dialogue, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, Gordon Smith, Saskatoon


Dedicate the Vigil of Pentecost to the martyrs – #free2pray

The Italian Catholic Bishops' Conference has called upon all communities to dedicate the Vigil of Pentecost (May 23, 2015) to prayer for contemporary martyrsThe President of the CEI has decided to propose to all communities – not only Italian – the dedication of the next Vigil of Pentecost (May 23, 2015) to contemporary martyrs, to the tragedy of so many Christians and many people whose fundamental rights to life and to religious freedom are systematically violated: “This situation challenges us deeply and compels us to join in a grand gesture of prayer to God and closeness to these brothers”.

“There is a strong bond that already unites us, beyond every division is the witness of Christians belonging to Churches and traditions, victims of persecution and violence just because of the faith they profess.” With these words, the Holy Father received members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (30 April 2015). This was only the last of many interventions by the Pope regarding the tragedy of so many Christians and many people whose fundamental rights to life and to religious freedom are systematically violated.”
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Posted: May 7, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8312
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian, persecution, prayer, religious freedom
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian, persecution, prayer, religious freedom


Pope Francis meets with Pentecostal pastors

Pope Francis on Thursday met with a group of Pentecostal pastors from around the world. Photo: L'Osservatore RomanoPope Francis on Thursday afternoon met with a group of Pentecostal pastors in the “Auletta”, a meeting room adjoining the Paul VI Audience Hall. A statement released by the Holy See Press Office said the meeting was private, and involved around 100 pastors from around the world. The group was led by Pastor Giovanni Traettino, whose community in the Italian city of Caserta was visited last year by Pope Francis. The statement said the meeting was “very cordial” and characterized by a “spirit of prayer for unity.” Pope Francis was accompanied by Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
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Posted: May 8, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8309
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Francis, Pentecostal
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Francis, Pentecostal


United Church Asks for Clarity on Meaning of “Zero Tolerance”

The United Church of CanadaIn a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, The United Church of Canada has asked for clear reassurance that the government does not intend to limit the democratic rights and freedoms of individuals and organizations opposed to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

The church’s letter was prompted by a recent CBC news story that cited the possibility of the government using hate crime laws to clamp down on activities they consider to be singling out Israel for criticism.
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Posted: May 13, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8315
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, divestment, Israel, Palestine, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, divestment, Israel, Palestine, United Church of Canada


Protecting people means protecting the planet, Cardinal Turkson says

Cardinal Peter Turkson said that Pope Francis is publishing the encyclical on the environment to remind people that their choices are moral in nature when it comes to creation. CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press PhotoPride, greed and selfishness are destroying the planet just as they destroy human lives, said Cardinal Peter Turkson. However, with action inspired by good stewardship and solidarity, people can ensure that the Earth is “a nurturing home for every man, woman and child in every country and in every generation,” said the cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Turkson, who oversaw work on a first draft of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology, addressed the general assembly of Caritas Internationalis in Rome May 14. Pope Francis is publishing the encyclical, he said, “not to enter into scientific and financial debates, but to remind the world that our choices are ultimately moral in nature,” including when it comes to safeguarding creation. “This is an all-embracing moral imperative: to protect and care both for creation — our garden home — and for the human person who dwells therein,” the cardinal said. “Without stewardship, the Earth will be less and less habitable,” Turkson said. And without solidarity, “greed and rivalry will wreak ever greater havoc.”
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Posted: May 15, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8320
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, environment, justice, Vatican
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, environment, justice, Vatican


Interchurch Families submission to the 2015 Synod on the Family

Association of Interchurch FamiliesThe Interchurch Families International Network, a loose network of groups of interchurch families from across the world, has submitted a response to one of the questions posed by the Vatican in its preparatory document – “Does current legislation provide a valid response to the challenges resulting from mixed marriages or interreligious marriages?” Following the circulation of an initial late last year a number of comments were received and a final paper was submitted to Cardinal Baldisseri at the Synod Office in Rome by the co-ordinator of the network, Professor Thomas Knieps of Leuven University in Belgium.
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Posted: May 19, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8480
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: family, interchurch families, sacramental sharing, synods, Vatican
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : family, interchurch families, sacramental sharing, synods, Vatican


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