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Karlsruhe, Germany will be the location of the WCC's 11th Assembly from August 31 to September 8, 2022

As WCC 11th Assembly approaches, anticipation and hope begin to bloom

 — May 18, 202218 mai 2022

With the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly less than four months away, anticipation for the historic gathering of faith and fellowship is growing. The foundation for the assembly—including the business aspects, spiritual life, or open dialogue—is the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.” The assembly is also rooted in common faith as a gathering of the fellowship of churches that confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. All of this will occur amid today’s stark global realities: wars and conflicts, COVID-19, the climate emergency, racism, authoritarian politics, digitization, militarization. As the world cries for hope, the WCC 11th Assembly promises to bring a multi-faith approach.
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Posted: May 18, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11264
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Karlsruhe, WCC Assembly
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Karlsruhe, WCC Assembly

A dying cancer patient holds a stuffed animal during her final hours at a palliative care hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 24, 2010

Canada’s assisted suicide law undercuts palliative care, experts say

 — May 21, 202221 mai 2022

Evidence is mounting that assisted suicide’s introduction into the Canadian medical system is not only undermining governments’ oft-stated plans to improve palliative care but is actively damaging the country’s already inadequate palliative care system. Some patients are choosing to die rather than to continue to live without adequate palliative care.

Dr. Neil Hilliard, a palliative care expert from Abbotsford, British Columbia, said health facilities’ introduction of assisted suicide into palliative care wards and hospices, following legalization of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in June 2016, has led to a reduction in true palliative cares services.

“It’s like a cancer growing within the palliative care programs,” said Hilliard who, in 2017, resigned as medical director of the Fraser Health Authority’s palliative care program because of his opposition to the authority’s insistence that he support the performing of assisted suicide in hospices.

“(MAiD) is starting to take over to a certain degree. But still only 5% of people are choosing MAiD; 95% would prefer to live well until they die naturally.”
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Posted: May 21, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11262
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, euthanasia, palliative care, physician assisted suicide
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, euthanasia, palliative care, physician assisted suicide

Cathryn Wood has been named the new executive director of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism

Cathryn Wood is the new executive director of the PCE

 — June 2, 20222 juin 2022

The Board of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism has named their new Executive Director. Mary Nordick, Board Chairperson writes:

“The Board of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism is pleased to announce Cathryn Wood’s promotion to Executive Director. Cathryn’s leadership skills have been demonstrated internally with her work with the Board on strategic planning and stabilizing the Centre financially. Her effective presence representing the PCE as an ecumenical community partner has helped to steer the Centre through the pandemic challenge. We look forward to her high-level development of approaches and partnerships as together we serve the prairie provinces in ecumenical leadership and support.

Cathryn Wood has been on staff at the Centre since 2015 as the Program Coordinator and is happy to be in this new role! She lives in Saskatoon with her husband, Chris and has four daughters Katie (Jarret), Emma, Laura, and Jessie. She is also the music director at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Saskatoon.
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Posted: June 2, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11734
Categories: NewsIn this article: Prairie Centre for Ecumenism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Prairie Centre for Ecumenism

Collection of Faith and Order Papers, all of which have now been digitized and made accessible online, free of charge

One century of ecumenical theology—now at your fingertips

 — June 7, 20227 juin 2022

As the World Council of Churches’ first substantial digital publication and its largest free collection, the Faith and Order Papers open a new frontier for scholars, ecumenists, and anyone interested in traversing the twists and turns of the path towards Christian unity.

“This is a digital library of more than one century of ecumenical theology,” explained Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, WCC interim deputy general secretary and director of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order. “By ‘ecumenical theology,’ I mean theology focused on overcoming divisions among Christian churches.”

In fact, Pedroso Mateus added, it’s a library of ecumenical theology “in the making” because it documents not only the theological results of studies and conferences, but also the processes whereby studies of conferences were conceived, implemented and concluded.
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Posted: June 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11745
Categories: Documents, WCC NewsIn this article: theology, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : Documents, WCC NewsDans cet article : theology, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order

Pope Francis receiving the Yad Vashem president, Dani Dayan, in the Vatican

Pope, Yad Vashem chief discuss cooperation on Holocaust education

 — June 9, 20229 juin 2022

Dani Dayan, head of the Holocaust center in Jerusalem, describes Pope Francis as a friend and an ally in the mission to defeat antisemitism. Pope Francis met with the chairman of the Yad Vashem (World Holocaust Remembrance Center) and the two discussed ways to prevent antisemitism and increase cooperation on Holocaust education. Dani Dayan, the head of the center in Jerusalem, described Pope Francis as a friend and an ally in the mission to defeat antisemitism. Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, is universally recognized as the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation and research.

The meeting that took place on June 9 was also attended by Rafi Schutz, Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See. Pope Francis and Dayan both share Buenos Aires as their birthplace and were able to converse in their native Spanish. The discussion focused on ongoing collaborative efforts by Yad Vashem and the Catholic Church on “Holocaust remembrance, education and documentation, and to discuss efforts to fight antisemitism and racism worldwide,” Yad Vashem said in a statement.
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Posted: June 9, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11689
Categories: La CroixIn this article: anti-semitism, Catholic, Pope Francis, Shoah
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Catégorie : La CroixDans cet article : anti-semitism, Catholic, Pope Francis, Shoah

Called to Transformation - Ecumenical Diakonia. ISBN: 978-2-8254-1806-2

Major WCC and ACT publication on ecumenical diakonia now available

 — June 9, 20229 juin 2022

The joint publication, “Called to Transformation – Ecumenical Diakonia,” available online from now on, offers resources to strengthen the diaconal capacity of the churches and to advance the cooperation with specialized ministries.

“Writing of this document was a recommendation of the Malawi consultation in September 2014, when churches and specialized ministries’ representatives from all the continents gathered to reflect on the work they are supposed to do together,” said Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC deputy general secretary, presenting the publication.

Besides adding the geographic and confessional contexts of practicing diakonia, the study document also addresses the diaconal response to COVID-19 pandemic, including examples of diaconal ministry from every continent.

“With this publication, we now have a common understanding on diakonia – and that should take churches and their partners toward the next level of ecumenical cooperation in diakonia,” said Phiri, adding that after receiving the document in 2022, the WCC central committee has recommended that churches and specialized ministries all over the world use it.
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Posted: June 9, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11738
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: ACT Alliance, diakonia, service, WCC, witness
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : ACT Alliance, diakonia, service, WCC, witness

Pope Francis grimaces in pain as he gets up from his chair during the general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this April 20, 2022, file photo. On his doctors' advice because of ongoing problems with his knee, the pope will not travel to Congo and South Sudan in early July, the Vatican announced

Pope Francis postpones African trip, no word on Canadian journey

 — June 10, 202210 juin 2022

The Vatican’s press office announced today that because of continuing problems with his knee, the Pope has postponed his planned African trip scheduled for July 2-7.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Canada July 24-29. Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican Press Office, did not mention whether that trip is still set. Either way, plans are still being made for papal visit to Canada.

“At this time, we continue to move forward with our planning,” said Neil MacCarthy, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops communications lead on the papal trip.

Among the plans is ensuring plenty of rest for the Pope.

“Great care is being taken to provide significant periods of rest for the Holy Father,” he said. “And also to ensure his participation at events is for a limited period of time.”

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Posted: June 10, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11741
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canada, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canada, Pope Francis

Pilgrims take to the waters of Lac Ste. Anne west of Edmonton

Ecological concerns raised on state of Lac Ste. Anne

 — June 10, 202210 juin 2022

Growing up on Lac Ste. Anne in the 1940s and ’50s, Tony Belcourt remembers a rich and wondrous body of water, teeming with life.

“I go back to the ’40s. We had an abundance of fish, whitefish from the lake. The water was up,” said Belcourt, the former broadcaster and one-time president and CEO of the Metis Nation of Ontario.

When Pope Francis visits the lake this summer, he will be looking at a lake very different from the Lac Ste. Anne of Belcourt’s childhood memories. A 2017 report on the state of Lac Ste. Anne and its sister Isle Lake by the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance raises concerns about blue-green algae blooms, dropping lake levels, agricultural run-off and an environment stressed by power boats and recreation on the lake.

The report names at-risk species for the watershed, including peregrine falcons, western grebe and northern leopard frog, which are classed as “threatened,” and barred owls, black-throated green warbler and trumpeter swans as of “special concern.”
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Posted: June 10, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11743
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: ecology, Indigenous peoples, pilgrimage, Pope Francis
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Bishop Anthony Poggo has been selected as the next Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

Former child refugee named as next Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

 — June 14, 202214 juin 2022

A South Sudanese bishop who was forced with his family into exile before he was one year old, the Right Revd Anthony Poggo, has been named as the next Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. Bishop Anthony Poggo, the former Bishop of Kajo-Keji in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs.

Bishop Anthony was selected for his new role by a sub-committee of the Anglican Communion’s Standing Committee following a competitive recruitment process led by external consultants.

He will take up his new role in September, succeeding the Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who steps down after next month’s Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, which is being held in Canterbury, Kent, from 26 July to 8 August.

The Anglican Communion is the world’s third largest Christian denomination. It comprises 42 independent-yet-interdependent autonomous regional, national and pan-national Churches (provinces), active in more than 165 countries.
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Posted: June 14, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11747
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion

Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, the general secretary elect of the World Council of Churches

Le pasteur Jerry Pillay élu secrétaire général du COE

 — June 17, 202217 juin 2022

Le pasteur Jerry Pillay a été élu secrétaire général du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE).

Il est le huitième secrétaire général de l’histoire du COE depuis la création de la communauté fraternelle d’Églises en 1948.

Le pasteur Pillay exerce actuellement les fonctions de doyen de la Faculté de théologie et de religion de l’Université de Pretoria. Originaire d’Afrique du Sud, il est membre de l’Église presbytérienne unifiante d’Afrique australe.

Le pasteur Pillay était l’un des deux finalistes à l’élection aux plus hautes fonctions administratives du COE, pour laquelle il était opposé à Mme Elizabeth Joy. Il remplacera le secrétaire général par intérim sortant, le père Ioan Sauca, qui était entré en fonctions en avril 2020, lorsque le secrétaire général précédent, le pasteur Olav Fykse Tveit, avait été nommé primat de l’Église de Norvège.
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Posted: June 17, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11792
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Jerry Pillay, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Jerry Pillay, WCC

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