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Archive for 2018

Archive pour 2018

Batholomew, ”Ukraine has the right to be granted autocephaly”

 — December 1, 20181 décembre 2018

After the vespers in honour of St Andrew, patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Patriarch Bartholomew received an international Orthodox interparliamentary delegation of which 24 States are members, presided over by the Russian Gavrilof, who took part to the festivities.

The Patriarch told those present that the work of the Synod had just been completed and that the Tomos is being prepared for granting the autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church. In this context the new statute of the Ukrainian Church was discussed, a subject that will continue during the Ukrainian Synod in December during which it is hoped that all the Orthodox parties will participate, to arrive at the election of the primate and grant the so-called Tomos. A new church will thus be added to the existing 14: “It is a purely administrative fact that does not affect the magisterium of the Orthodox Church”, Bartholomew explained.
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Posted: December 1, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10311
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Orthodox, Ukraine
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Cannabis use for fun ‘sinful behaviour,’ B.C. and Yukon bishops tell Catholics

 — December 5, 20185 décembre 2018

Catholic bishops in British Columbia and Yukon have endorsed medical marijuana use, but condemned recreational pot smoking as contrary to the teachings of the church.

In a letter posted online in late November, the bishops — six from B.C. and one from Whitehorse — warn that “the mere fact that an activity is made legal by the government does not automatically mean that it is morally acceptable.” Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on Oct. 17, one of the signature accomplishments of Justin Trudeau’s government.

But the letter from all six B.C. bishops and the one Yukon bishop distinguishes between therapeutic uses, such as controlling for pain and nausea, and toking for fun. In the former, the letter states, impairment “can be accepted as a foreseen but unintended secondary effect of the drug’s beneficial use.” Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada for nearly two decades.
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Posted: December 5, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10318
Categories: NewsIn this article: bishops, Canada, cannabis, Catholic
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : bishops, Canada, cannabis, Catholic

The fifth session of the current Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue took place in Legon, Accra, Ghana, under the theme Ministering to the Needs of the World: Mission and Eschatology

Reformed-Pentecostal dialogue considers impact of eschatology on mission

 — December 5, 20185 décembre 2018

The fifth session of the current Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue took place in Legon, Accra, Ghana, under the theme “Ministering to the Needs of the World: Mission and Eschatology.”

At the beginning and end of each day, participants, representing the WCRC and various classical Pentecostal churches, gathered to pray, sing, read and reflect upon the Bible together. This time of sharing in spirituality and worship helped contextualize the discussions that took place and built greater community between participants.

This year the dialogue focused on the significance of eschatology—the theology of the end of time and return of Jesus Christ—to mission. To open the discussion, Karla Ann Koll (Reformed) and Van Johnson (Pentecostal) presented papers reflective of the teachings of their faith communities. Participants then raised questions and responded in a free-ranging discussion intended to tease out common interests and concerns, while noting differences in understanding.
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Posted: December 5, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10320
Categories: NewsIn this article: dialogue, eschatology, mission, Pentecostal World Fellowship, World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Bishop Oscar Ojea, Anibal Bachir Bakir, and Agustin Zbar, three religious leaders from Argentina who signed a declaration in favor of dialogue and condemning the use of religion to justify violence. Photo: CEA

Argentine bishops follow pope’s lead with major interreligious declaration

 — December 8, 20188 décembre 2018

Following an initiative by the then-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, today Pope Francis, the Argentine bishops together with leaders of Islam and Judaism in the country signed a declaration “for dialogue and coexistence” on Friday. “There’s a double scope to the document: firstly, to reaffirm that any invocation of violence in the name of religion is completely wrong. Secondly, to reaffirm interreligious dialogue, which in our country is one of the few that have actually worked,” said Bishop Oscar Ojea, president of the Argentine bishops’ conference, after signing the document. Speaking with Crux, the prelate defined the document as a reaffirmation of the one signed in August 2005, when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, today Pope Francis, was the president of the bishops’ conference.
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Posted: December 8, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10448
Categories: NewsIn this article: Argentina, Christian, document, interfaith, Islam, Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Argentina, Christian, document, interfaith, Islam, Judaism

Disciples, United Church of Canada shape unique ecumenical partnership

 — December 24, 201824 décembre 2018

In 2016, The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) began conversations about how to deepen the partnership between the two communions in North America and beyond. The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ in the USA had reached a “full communion” agreement the year before that included Global Ministries, and the leaders of the Disciples and The United Church of Canada thought the time was right to “close the triangle” by entering into full communion relationship between the two churches.
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Posted: December 24, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10443
Categories: NewsIn this article: dialogue, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : dialogue, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Canada

Members of the Baptist-Catholic International Dialogue Joint Commission with Pope Francis. Photo: L’Osservatore Romano

Baptist, Catholic Delegations Meet to Promote Christian Unity

 — December 26, 201826 décembre 2018

The second meeting of the third phase of international ecumenical conversations between the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity took place Dec. 10-14 in Rome at the Domus Internationalis Paulus VI. The Baptist delegation was led by co-chair Frank Rees, associate professor and chair of the academic board at the University of Divinity in Australia; the Catholic delegation was led by co-chair Bishop Arthur Serratelli, bishop of Paterson, New Jersey. The meeting took up the theme of the “Context of Common Witness.” This discussion reflected on the global cultural context in which common Christian witness is being conducted today in six continents of the world.
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Posted: December 26, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10445
Categories: NewsIn this article: Baptist, Catholic, dialogue, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Baptist, Catholic, dialogue, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity