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Archbishop Foley: Bridge the digital divide

VATICAN CITY, JUN 18, 2002 (VIS) – Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, is participating in a meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations dedicated to Information and Communication Technologies for Development which is taking place in New York from June 17 to 18. In his speech
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Posted: June 18, 2002 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=38
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, United Nations, Vatican
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, United Nations, Vatican


Favor the Force of Law, not the Law of Force

VATICAN CITY, APR 2, 2003 (VIS) – Archbishop Celestino Migliore, apostolic nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, spoke yesterday at the 2003 Substantive Session of the Disarmament Commission. That speech in English was made public today. Archbishop Migliore noted that “months ago, the Holy See Delegation stated before the
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Posted: Apr. 2, 2003 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=61
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, peace, United Nations, Vatican
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, peace, United Nations, Vatican


Catholics, Anglicans to present joint document on Mary

VATICAN CITY, MAY 13, 2005 (VIS) – The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Anglican Communion Office announced in a communique today that the most recent report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), entitled “Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ,” will be presented on May 16, 2005 in Seattle, U.S.A., where the
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Posted: May 13, 2005 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=135
Categories: Communiqué, Dialogue, Documents, Vatican NewsIn this article: ARCIC, Catholic, Mary
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Dialogue, Documents, Vatican NewsDans cet article : ARCIC, Catholic, Mary


Papal Reflections on Marriage and the Family

Papal Reflections on Marriage and the Family

I found this article on the Vatican Information Service about Pope Benedict’s comments at a Rome congress on “The Family and the Christian Community.” I think that he has some positive affirmations to make about families, but I find it interesting that as I was trying to attend to the positives, he kept turning to the negatives. So, for example, he speaks about marriage but ends the section by cautioning about “pseudo-marriage” and divorce.

I wonder whether this gives us some insight into Benedict’s character, or at least some insight into his attitude towards married life. He ends his comments by calling for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. That’s not exactly a rousing endorsement of marriage.

We should remember that Benedict’s favourite theologian is Augustine of Hippo, who had very similar fears about marriage. It is good and natural in theory, but a risky venture that might imperil your salvation. One is better off avoiding it altogether.
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Posted: June 7, 2005 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=138
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Benedict XVI, family, marriage
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Benedict XVI, family, marriage


Joint Declaration by the Pope and Chrysostomos II

Following this morning’s private meeting, and their exchange of speeches, the Pope and His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, signed a Joint declaration in the presence of the Catholic and Cypriot Orthodox delegations. In the declaration, Benedict XVI and the archbishop of New Justiniana and All Cyprus declare their “sincere and firm desire, in obedience to the will of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to intensify the search for full unity among all Christians. … We wish the Catholic and Orthodox faithful of Cyprus to live fraternally and in full solidarity. … Furthermore, we wish to support and promote theological dialogue which, through the competent international commission, is preparing to consider the most onerous questions that marked the historical event of division. It is necessary to reach substantial agreement over full communion in the faith, in sacramental life and in the exercise of pastoral ministry.”
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Posted: June 16, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=318
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Final Declaration of the Catholic-Muslim Forum

Final Declaration of the Catholic-Muslim Forum

[Vatican City • VIS] Made public yesterday afternoon was the final declaration of participants in the First Seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum, which took place in Rome from 4 to 6 November on the theme: “Love of God, Love of Neighbour”.

Each of the two sides in the meeting was represented by 24 participants and five advisers who discussed the two great themes of “Theological and Spiritual Foundations” and “Human Dignity and Mutual Respect”. Points of “similarity and of diversity emerged, reflecting the distinctive specific genius of the two religions” the English-language declaration says.

1. “For Christians the source and example of love of God and neighbour is the love of Christ for His Father, for humanity and for each person” reads the first of the fifteen points of the declaration. “Love of neighbour cannot be separated from love of God, because it is an expression of our love for God. … Grounded in Christ’s sacrificial love, Christian love is forgiving and excludes no-one; it therefore also includes one’s enemies”.

“For Muslims … love is a timeless transcendent power which guides and transforms human mutual regard. This love, as indicated by the Holy and Beloved Prophet Muhammad, is prior to the human love for the One True God”.

2. “Human life is a most precious gift of God to each person. It should therefore be preserved and honoured in all its stages”.

3. Human dignity is derived from the fact that every human person is created by a loving God and has been endowed with the gifts of reason and free will, and therefore enabled to love God and others. On the firm basis of these principles, the person requires the respect of his or her original dignity and his or her human vocation. Therefore, he or she is entitled to full recognition of his or her identity and freedom by individuals, communities and governments, supported by civil legislation that assures equal rights and full citizenship.

4. “We affirm that God’s creation of humanity has two great aspects: the male and the female human person, and we commit ourselves jointly to ensuring that human dignity and respect are extended on an equal basis to both men and women.

5. “Genuine love of neighbour implies respect of the person and her or his choices in matters of conscience and religion. It includes the right of individuals and communities to practice their religion in private and public.

6. “Religious minorities are entitled to be respected in their own religious convictions and practices. They are also entitled to their own places of worship, and their founding figures and symbols they consider sacred should not be subject to any form of mockery or ridicule.

7. “As Catholic and Muslim believers, we are aware of the summons and imperative to bear witness to the transcendent dimension of life, through a spirituality nourished by prayer, in a world which is becoming more and more secularised and materialistic.

8. “We affirm that no religion and its followers should be excluded from society. Each should be able to make its indispensable contribution to the good of society, especially in service to the most needy.

9. “We recognise that God’s creation in its plurality of cultures, civilisations, languages and peoples is a source of richness and should therefore never become a cause of tension and conflict.

10. “We are convinced that Catholics and Muslims have the duty to provide a sound education in human, civic, religious and moral values for their respective members and to promote accurate information about each other’s religions.

11. “We profess that Catholics and Muslims are called to be instruments of love and harmony among believers, and for humanity as a whole, renouncing any oppression, aggressive violence and terrorism, especially that committed in the name of religion, and upholding the principle of justice for all.

12. “We call upon believers to work for an ethical financial system in which the regulatory mechanisms consider the situation of the poor and disadvantaged, both as individuals, and as indebted nations. We call upon the privileged of the world to consider the plight of those afflicted most severely by the current crisis in food production and distribution, and ask religious believers of all denominations and all people of good will to work together to alleviate the suffering of the hungry, and to eliminate its causes.

13. “Young people are the future of religious communities and of societies as a whole. Increasingly, they will be living in multi-cultural and multi-religious societies. It is essential that they be well formed in their own religious traditions and well informed about other cultures and religions.

14. “We have agreed to explore the possibility of establishing a permanent Catholic-Muslim committee to co-ordinate responses to conflicts and other emergency situations.

15. “We look forward to the second seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum to be convened in approximately two years in a Muslim-majority country yet to be determined”.

The declaration concludes by affirming that all the participants “expressed satisfaction with the results of the seminar and their expectation for further productive dialogue”.
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Posted: Nov. 7, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=518
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Islam
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Islam


Anglican apostolic constitution published today

This morning the Vatican announced the publication of the apostolic constitution enacting the canonical provisions for new Anglican ordinariates. As well, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued “complementary norms” to accompany the apostolic constitution.

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Posted: Nov. 9, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=613
Categories: Documents, Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican, Benedict XVI, Catholic
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Catégorie : Documents, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Benedict XVI, Catholic


Dialogue doesn’t distance us from truth but leads us to whole truth

“Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, which had arrived in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The tradition of exchanging visits for the occasions of the respective patronal feasts dates back to 1969. The Pope emphasized that “fraternal gathering is an essential part of the journey towards unity.”

“The search for unity among Christians is an urgent task—you have said that ‘it is not a luxury, but an imperative’—from which, today more than ever, we cannot prescind. In our world that hungers and thirsts for truth, love, hope, peace, and unity, our witness demands that we should at last be able to proclaim, with one voice, the good news of the Gospel and celebrate together the Divine Mysteries of our new life in Christ. We are well aware that unity is primarily a gift from Gift that we must pray for unceasingly, but we all have the task of preparing the conditions, of cultivating the soil of the heart so that this extraordinary grace may be received.”
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Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6298
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, Pope Francis, Vatican
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, Pope Francis, Vatican


Lutheran delegation meets Pope Francis

The Pope received a refugee’s teapot as an invitation to work together for the suffering neighbour

During an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier today, leaders from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Roman Catholic Church that makes it possible for churches to strengthen their commitment to the poor and vulnerable.

“As people who have been encountered by Christ, we are called to accompany the poor and vulnerable. The message of reconciliation entrusted to us turns into the hope for our fragmented world and its yearning for peace with justice,” LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan said in LWF’s greeting to the pope.

Younan expressed gratitude for the ecumenical milestones of the partnership with Catholics, including the recent publication of the report “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration in 2017.”

By jointly approaching a shared history which includes elements of pain “the promise of healing appears on the horizon,” Younan said of the publication that outlines the mutual responsibility by Lutherans and Catholics for a common approach to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

The June 2013 report by the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity marked the first time that both partners have worked together at the global level to tell the history of the Reformation as part of their commitment to deepen Christian unity. Baptism is the focus of ongoing dialogue by the commission, which will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017.
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Posted: Oct. 21, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6849
Categories: Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsIn this article: Lutheran World Federation, pope, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism
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Catégorie : Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Lutheran World Federation, pope, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism


Cardinal Tauran at KAICIID: religions must avoid engendering a spirit of superiority or exclusion

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, gave an address at today’s inaugural session of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Centre for Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Dialogue (KAICIID). The centre is an independent organisation based in Vienna and founded by Saudi Arabia, Austria and Spain, to which the Holy See adheres in the role of Founding Observer.

The Conference, which ends today, is intended to raise awareness among younger generations to enable them to have an objective, honest and accurate image of one another. From this perspective, three related themes will be considered over the next three years. In 2013, the theme “The Image of the Other” focuses on education, with the presence in Vienna of a number of education ministers from all over the world; next year’s forum will be dedicated to means of communication and finally, in 2015, the Internet will be the focus of attention.
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Posted: Nov. 19, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8595
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: dialogue, interfaith, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : dialogue, interfaith, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue


The divisions must stop! Pope Francis’ catechesis on Christian Unity

The papal general audience with a sea of umbrellas

Pope Francis dedicated the catechesis of this Wednesday’s general audience to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ends next Saturday, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. It is a spiritual initiative in which Christian communities have participated for over one hundred years, and is a time dedicated to prayer for the unity of all baptised persons, in accordance with Christ’s will “that they may all be one”. Every year an ecumenical group from one region in the world, under the guidance of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, suggests the theme and prepares the activities for the Prayer Week. This year the initiatives were prepared by the Churches and Ecclesiastical Communities of Canada, who have proposed the question posed by St. Paul to the Christians of Corinth: “Has Christ been divided?”
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Posted: Jan. 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7214
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU


So that Christians may be one

Ut Unum Sint - Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land, May 24-26, 2014

The motto and logo of Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land

Ut unum sint is the motto chosen for Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land. The website theholylandreview.net announced this following the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land which was held in Tiberias on 11-12 March. There the heads of the Catholic communities in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Cyprus presented the logo and motto for the Pope’s pilgrimage scheduled for 24-26 May.

The motto of the pilgrimage, according to the website, “is at the very core of his trip to the Holy Land”. Francis and Bartolomaios are scheduled to meet in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre to commemorate and renew the desire and longing for unity among Christians, expressed by Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras 50 years ago in Jerusalem. In addition, the logo depicts the embrace between the two brothers, Apostles Peter and Andrew: the first two disciples called by Jesus in Galilee, patrons respectively of the Church of Rome and the Church of Constantinople.
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Posted: Mar. 15, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7452
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, pope, Pope Francis
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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

The kiss of peace: Sts Peter and Andrew. An icon written to commemorate the meeting in 1964 of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem

Like our venerable predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who met here in Jerusalem fifty years ago, we too, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were determined to meet in the Holy Land “where our common Redeemer, Christ our Lord, lived, taught, died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, whence he sent the Holy Spirit on the infant Church” (Common communiqué of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, published after their meeting of 6 January 1964). Our meeting, another encounter of the Bishops of the Churches of Rome and Constantinople founded respectively by the two Brothers the Apostles Peter and Andrew, is a source of profound spiritual joy for us. It presents a providential occasion to reflect on the depth and the authenticity of our existing bonds, themselves the fruit of a grace-filled journey on which the Lord has guided us since that blessed day of fifty years ago.
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Posted: May 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7666
Categories: Communiqué, Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis


Receptive Ecumenism conference opens at Jesuit-run Fairfield University

Archbishop Sir David Moxon, director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury's representative to the Holy See

An international conference on Receptive Ecumenism is taking place this week at the Jesuit-run Fairfield University in Connecticut in the United States. Running from June 9th to 12th the meeting brings together experts in ecumenical theories and practise from across the different Christian denominations, including past and present officials from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Philippa Hitchen is following the conference and before her departure she spoke with one of the participants, Archbishop David Moxon who is the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See. He explains what the term Receptive Ecumenism really means and how he was able to put it into practise with his Catholic counterpart in his native New Zealand…
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Posted: June 6, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7681
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism


Healing gifts for wounded hands: Receptive Ecumenism Conference

Examen, a sculpture depicting St. Ignatius of Loyola's central spiritual practice of examination of conscience. The sculpture stands in front of the chapel at the Jesuit's Fairfield University, Connecticut

During the conference’s opening liturgy on Monday, the former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US, Frank Griswold, spoke about the challenging task facing each one of our churches to open our minds and examine our hearts, as we try to fathom God’s will and rediscover the unity of the broken Body of Christ. Our job, he said, is not to create something new, but to clear away the obstacles that block our vision of unity, rather like clearing away dead leaves and debris that can block up a freely flowing stream.
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Posted: June 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7678
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism


New liturgical books for the Anglican Ordinariates

Stained glass window depicting ordination

The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, providing a structure for groups of Anglicans entering full communion with the Catholic Church, says in Article III:

Without excluding liturgical celebrations according to the Roman Rite, the Ordinariate has the faculty to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical celebrations according to the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See, so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.
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Posted: June 12, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7744
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, liturgy, ordinariate
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, liturgy, ordinariate


Receptive Ecumenism Conference ends with signing of covenant

Examen, a sculpture depicting St. Ignatius of Loyola's central spiritual practice of examination of conscience. The sculpture stands in front of the chapel at the Jesuit's Fairfield University, Connecticut

An international conference of ecumenists concluded at Fairfield University in the U.S. on Thursday with the signing of a covenant committing participants to the continued search for unity and reconciliation between all the Christian churches. Philippa Hitchen was at the conference and sent this report.
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Posted: June 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7676
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism


Anglican leader comes to Vatican, launches IARCCUM website

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited Rome for a fraternal visit to Pope Francis, June 13-17

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives in Rome on Saturday for a two day visit that will culminate on Monday in a meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. On Sunday the Anglican leader will preach at Vespers at the church of St Gregory on the Caelian Hill, visit the two Anglican churches here in Rome and take part in a prayer service with the St Egidio community at St Bartholomew’s on the Tiber Island. During his packed programme, the Archbishop will also launch a new website for the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), showcasing ways in which members of the two communions are increasingly worshipping, working and witnessing side by side.
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Posted: June 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7736
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, ARCIC, Catholic, IARCCUM, Justin Welby
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Catholic Church reaffirms goal of unity with Anglican world

The Church of England's General Synod

The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Anglican world, despite the Church of England’s decision to ordain women bishops. In a statement issued as the Church of England’s General Synod on Monday voted to admit women to the episcopate, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales said the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion.

That goal, the statement says, embraces full communion in the episcopal office and therefore the decision “sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us.” Nevertheless, the bishops say, “we are committed to continuing our ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible.”

The statement, signed by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, head of the bishops’ Department for Dialogue and Unity and co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), also notes with appreciation the provision made by the Church of England for those who “continue to hold to the historic understanding of the episcopate shared by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.”
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Posted: July 15, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7753
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, bishops, Catholic, Church of England, women
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, bishops, Catholic, Church of England, women


KAICIID deplores the abuse of religion to justify violent conflict

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, based in New York, U.S.A., yesterday published a declaration of principles, signed by the foreign ministers of Austria, Saudi Arabia and Spain, as well as by Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, in his role as Holy See Observer, to help build a united front to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the north of Iraq, as well as in other regions of the world. The declaration was approved unanimously by the multireligious Board of Directors of KAICIID, who represent the major world religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
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Posted: Sept. 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7816
Categories: Communiqué, Vatican NewsIn this article: dialogue, interfaith, peace, violence
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Vatican NewsDans cet article : dialogue, interfaith, peace, violence


Catholics and Muslims, working together to serve others

The third seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum was held in Rome from 11 to 13 November, on the theme “Working Together to Serve Others”. Three specific issues were considered: working together to serve young people, enhancing interreligious dialogue, and service to society.

The Catholic delegation was headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, co-ordinator of the Muslim side, was unable to attend the event for health reasons. The assembled participants sent him a message expressing their good wishes. The Muslim delegation was therefore headed by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
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Posted: Nov. 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7874
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Muslim, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Muslim, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue


Christians and Muslims condemn extremism and violence committed in the name of religion

The Centre for Interreligious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue held their Ninth Colloquium of dialogue from 24 to 26 November in Teheran, Iran, under the joint chairmanship of Abuzar Ibrahimi Turkaman, president of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation, and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed on the following:
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Posted: Nov. 27, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8180
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Iran, Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Shiite
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Iran, Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Shiite


Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople greet a small crowd after delivering a blessing in Istanbul Nov. 30

We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling us, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and the faithful of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to celebrate together the feast of Saint Andrew, the first-called and brother of the Apostle Peter. Our remembrance of the Apostles, who proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to the world through their preaching and their witness of martyrdom, strengthens in us the aspiration to continue to walk together in order to overcome, in love and in truth, the obstacles that divide us.
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Posted: Nov. 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7918
Categories: Communiqué, Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, interfaith, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, interfaith, pope, Pope Francis


Jordanian Prince hails progress at Christian-Muslim summit

Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has praised progress in interfaith dialogue following last week’s Third Catholic-Muslim Summit. The Summit, organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took place in Rome from 2-4 December

Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has praised progress in interfaith dialogue following last week’s Third Catholic-Muslim Summit. The Summit, organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took place in Rome from 2-4 December.

Prince El Hassan was among dozens of Sunni, Shia, Christian and other faith leaders taking part in the Summit to reflect on the theme, “Christians and Muslims: Believers Living in Society.”

Tracey McClure spoke to Prince El Hassan following the summit. She asked him what made the gathering different from preceding meetings.
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Posted: Dec. 9, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7982
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian, dialogue, Muslim
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian, dialogue, Muslim


Bishop says interfaith dialogue can be a model for French society

Pope Francis meets with French Muslim leaders at his Wednesday general audience on January 8

Four French Imams, who’ve been part of a Catholic-Muslim delegation visiting the Vatican this week, have expressed their shock and condemnation of the attack on the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’. Wednesday’s attack by masked gunmen in Paris left 12 people dead, with several others in critical condition.

In a statement at the end of their 3 day visit to Rome, the delegation, which includes Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, urges all believers to combat hatred and all forms of violence which destroy life, violate the dignity of the human person and undermine peaceful coexistence between peoples.

Pope Francis, who met with the delegation just as the attack was taking place, denounced the killings and offered prayers for the victims and their families. Also taking part in the delegation was Bishop Michel Dubost, who heads the French bishops’ council for interfaith relations. Philippa Hitchen talked to him about the Muslim leaders’ reactions to the attack and about the difficulty of promoting interreligious dialogue in France today…
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Posted: Jan. 8, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8003
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, France, interfaith, Muslim, Pope Francis, violence
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, France, interfaith, Muslim, Pope Francis, violence


Lutherans and Catholics Plan Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in 2016

Rev. Martin Junge (left) and Cardinal Koch

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will jointly host an ecumenical event in the fall of 2016 as a continuation of the process “From Conflict to Communion” and to express the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. 2017 also marks 50 years of ecumenical dialogue between the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church.

Within the framework of the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it is important for the LWF and PCPCU to communicate to the wider ecumenical constituency that they have begun deliberations on the details of the event that comes a year before the global Reformation anniversary.

The joint event in 2016 will highlight the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans which are captured in their joint report From Conflict to Communion – Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.
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Posted: Jan. 15, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7980
Categories: Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsIn this article: 2017, Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation


Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”

Pope Francis kisses an icon during an Ecumenical Meeting of Religious and Nuns sponsored by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

The vital role that men and women religious of different Christian Churches play in the ecumenical journey was at the heart of Pope Francis’s meeting on Saturday with participants in a conference on consecrated life and the search for Christian Unity. The three day meeting, which concludes on Sunday, comes in the context of both this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Year of Consecrated Life. Participants are concluding each day with Vespers in the Orthodox, Anglican and Catholic traditions, including the liturgy presided over by Pope Francis in the Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls on Sunday.
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Posted: Jan. 24, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8001
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bose, Christian unity, Pope Francis, religious life, spiritual ecumenism, Taizé
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Pope Francis: Jesus wants united Christians

Balloons are released as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican

On Sunday and before the Angelus, the Pope recalled the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and its theme, “Give me a drink”, the sentence uttered by Jesus to the Samaritan woman.

He told the faithful gathered that the “desire for unity” of the disciples of Jesus is part of our “thirst not only material for water, but above all our thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death.”

He went on to say that “Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promises because it is he who gives to the Holy Spirit, the ‘living water’ that quenches our restless hearts, hungry for life, love, freedom, peace, thirsty for God.
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Posted: Jan. 25, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8006
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, peace, Pope Francis, WPCU
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, peace, Pope Francis, WPCU


A Uniting Church of Australia view of the journey to Christian unity

Rev Tara Curlewis, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia, speaks with Pope Francis at Ecumenical Vespers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 25 in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

At the conclusion of the week of prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, ministers and congregations from many different denominations gathered with Pope Francis in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls for Vespers marking the feast of the conversion of the Apostle of the Gentiles.

Among those taking part for the first time was Reverend Tara Curlewis, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia. An ordained minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, she’s also worked closely with the World Council of Churches and until recently co-chaired Australia’s National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

She talked to Philippa Hitchen about her own ministry and about the goal of the wider ecumenical movement today…
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Posted: Jan. 26, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7998
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU


Catholic archbishop responds to first woman bishop in Church of England

Bishop Libby Lane was consecrated in York Minster on January 26 as the first female bishop in the Church of England

The Catholic archbishop of Birmingham says he wishes the Church of England’s first female bishop well in her ministry and will be remembering her in his prayers. Archbishop Bernard Longley is the Catholic co-chair of ARCIC, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. He told Vatican Radio that the consecration of Bishop Libby Lane on Monday was a “historic moment in the life of the Church of England” but noted that there has long been “the presence, the witness and the work of women” as bishops within the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Reverend Libby Lane was ordained in York Minister as the new Bishop of Stockport, after the Church of England voted to adopt legislation last November to allow women bishops. Archbishop Longley said that while the ordination of women presents challenges to the Anglican-Catholic dialogue, this latest development “shouldn’t affect the way in which the dialogue is continued”.
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Posted: Jan. 27, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7959
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: bishops, Church of England, ordination, women
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Oriental Orthodox and Catholics work to conclude joint document

A woman prays at an Armenian Orthodox church in Damascus, Syria

Representatives of all the Oriental Orthodox Churches are here in Rome this week for a meeting of their International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue with the Catholic Church. During the five day encounter, which began on Monday, participants hope to finalise a joint document on Communion and Communication in the first five centuries of Christianity.

The Oriental Orthodox Churches are amongst the most ancient Christian communities in the world, founded according to tradition by the first apostles in Egypt, Armenia, Syria, India and Ethiopia in the decades following Christ’s death and Resurrection. They have not been in communion with either the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox world since they officially severed ties in the 5th century.
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Posted: Jan. 27, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7969
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Oriental Orthodox
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Pope welcomes a spirit of fraternity with Oriental Orthodox

Members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches visited Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Friday received the participants in a meeting – this week – of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

The Oriental Orthodox Churches those Orthodox Eastern Christian churches which recognize only the first three ecumenical councils, and rejected the formulae of the Council of Chalcedon, at which certain central Christological doctrines were dogmatically defined, most especially the dual nature – fully divine and fully human, perfectly united though without mixing, blending or alteration – of Christ.

In remarks prepared for the occasion and delivered during the noon audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, Pope Francis praised the progress of the Commission in its dozen years of work, and called on all participants to continue their journey in a spirit of brotherhood. “I express my hope that this work will bear rich fruit for our common theological research and help us to experience ever more fully our fraternal friendship,” the Holy Father said.
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Posted: Jan. 30, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7996
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Oriental Orthodox, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Oriental Orthodox, Pope Francis


Archbishop Oscar Romero, blessed and defender of the poor and justice

Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (August 15, 1917 to March 24, 1980)

This morning in the Holy See Press Office Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and postulator of the cause for the beatification of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, presented the figure of the Salvadoran archbishop assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass and whose martyrdom was acknowledged yesterday with the signing of the necessary decree by Pope Francis. Historian Roberto Morozzo della Rocca, professor of modern history at the University of Rome III and author of a biography of Oscar Romero, also participated in the conference. Extensive extracts of Archbishop Paglia’s presentation are published below.

“It is an extraordinary gift for all of the Church at the beginning of this millennium to see rise to the altar a pastor who gave his life for his people; and this is true for all Christians. This can be seen in the attention of the Anglican Church, which has placed a statue of Romero in the facade of Westminster Abbey alongside those of Martin Luther King and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and for all of society that regards him as a defender of the poor and of peace. Gratitude is also due to Benedict XVI, who followed the cause from the very beginning and on 20 December 2012 – just over a month before his resignation – decided to unblock the process to enable it to follow the regular itinerary”.

“The work of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., has been careful and attentive. The unanimity of both the commission of cardinals and the commission of theologians confirmed his martyrdom in odium fidei. … The martyrdom of Romero has given meaning and strength to many Salvadoran families who lost relatives and friends during the civil war. His memory immediately became the memory of other victims, perhaps less illustrious, of the violence”.
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Posted: Feb. 4, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8041
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: bishops, Catholic, liberation, saints, theology
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Scottish Presbyterians visit Pope Francis

The Right Rev. John P. Chalmers, moderator of the Church of Scotland, accompanied by a group of representatives of the same Church, were received in audience this morning by the Holy Father who, in his greeting, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet and share with them a common commitment to the service of the Gospel and the cause for Christian unity.

“Scotland’s rich cultural and historical traditions have been shaped by outstanding saintly witnesses to Christ from various confessions”, he observed. “The present state of ecumenical relations in Scotland clearly shows that what we, as Christians, hold in common is greater than all that divides us. On this basis the Lord is calling us to seek ever more effective ways to overcome old prejudices and to find new forms of understanding and cooperation”.
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Posted: Feb. 16, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8174
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Church of Scotland, Pope Francis, Presbyterian, Rome
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Church of Scotland, Pope Francis, Presbyterian, Rome


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: Apr. 20, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8176
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Judaism, pope, Pope Francis, Rabbis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Judaism, pope, Pope Francis, 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: Apr. 20, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.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: Apr. 22, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.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 Commission

Pope 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: Apr. 30, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8184
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Pope Francis


Pope Francis meets with Pentecostal pastors

Pope Francis met with a group of Pentecostal pastors from around the world

Pope 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: ecumenism.net/?p=8309
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Pentecostal, Pope Francis
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Pope Francis sends greetings to Pentecostal pastors in Phoenix

Pope Francis sends greetings to Pentecostal pastors in Phoenix

The diocese of Phoenix, U.S.A., has organised a day of dialogue and prayer, on the eve of Pentecost, with a group of evangelical pastors of Pentecostal orientation, including the Italian Giovanni Traettino, whom Pope Francis visited during his trip to Caserta. The Holy Father participated with a video message, screened yesterday afternoon at the opening of the meeting (during the night in Europe).

Brothers and sisters, may the peace of Christ be with you. Forgive me if I speak in Spanish, but my English isn’t good enough for me to express myself properly. I speak in Spanish but, above all, I speak in the language of the heart. I have the invitation you sent me for this celebration of Christian Unity, this day of reconciliation. And I wish to join you from here. “Father, may we be one so that the world may believe you sent me”. This is the slogan, the theme of the meeting: Christ’s prayer to the Father for the grace of unity. Today, Saturday May 23rd, from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon, I will be with you spiritually and with all my heart. We will search together, we will pray together, for the grace of unity. The unity that is budding among us is that unity which begins under the seal of the one Baptism we have all received. It is the unity we are seeking along a common path. It is the spiritual unity of prayer for one another. It is the unity of our common labour on behalf of our brothers and sisters, and all those who believe in the sovereignty of Christ.
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Posted: May 24, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8490
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Pentecostal, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Pentecostal, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism


Francis visits the Lutheran community of Rome: it is time for reconciled diversity

Pastor Jeans-Martin Kruse, pastor of Christuskirche in Rome and Pope Francis at vespers

Yesterday afternoon the Holy Father met with the evangelical Lutheran community of Rome in the Christuskirche, where he was warmly welcomed by Pastor Jeans-Martin Kruse, who in his welcome discourse also recalled the visits to the same [church] by St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Francis then answered questions from three members of the community, a child and two women, and after the vespers prayer, with the reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew (25, 31, 46), he pronounced an off-the-cuff homily in which he emphasised that Lutherans and Catholics must ask mutual forgiveness for persecutions against each other and for the scandal of divisions.

The first question to which the Pope responded was from a child who wanted to know what he liked the most about being the Pope. “The thing I like best, sincerely, is being a pastor”, Francis replied. “I like being the Pope in the style of a parish priest. Service: I like it, in the sense that I feel good, when I visit the sick, when I speak with people who are desperate or sad. I like going to prisons … to speak with detainees… Every time I enter a prison I ask myself, ‘Why them and not me?’. And I am aware of the salvation of Jesus Christ, His love for me. Because He saved me. I am no less a sinner than they are, but the Lord took me by the hand. And when I go into a prison I am happy. Being a Pope is being a bishop, being a pastor. If a Pope is not also a bishop, if a Pope is not also a pastor, he may be a very intelligent person, very important and hold great influence in society, but I think that inside he will not be happy”.
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Posted: Nov. 16, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8862
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Pope Francis, sacramental sharing
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Recollections of the first Anglican-Catholic encounter in the Vatican

Dr Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-1961)

On December 2nd, 55 years ago, Pope John XXIII had a private audience with the Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher, the first time that Anglican and Catholic leaders had met together since the Reformation.

Following their historic encounter, the archbishop met with Cardinal Augustin Bea, head of the newly established Secretariat for Christian Unity, leading to the invitation of Anglican observers to the Second Vatican Council. The meeting also paved the way for the first official encounter between their successors, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey in March 1966 and the establishment of an Anglican Centre here in Rome.

The current director of that Centre and representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Vatican is New Zealand Archbishop David Moxon. He talked to Philippa Hitchen about the upcoming 50th anniversary and about the significance of Archbishop Fisher’s visit to the Vatican in December 1960 ….
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Posted: Dec. 2, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9188
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Catholic, pope
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Catholic, pope


Orthodox Rabbis issue groundbreaking statement on Christianity

Pope Francis prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during his visit to the Holy Land in May 2014

For the first time since the Second Vatican Council changed Christian teachings toward Judaism and the Jewish people 50 years ago, a group of Orthodox rabbis have issued a public statement advocating partnership with Christians and appreciating the religious value of Christianity.

Published on December 3rd on the website of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) in Israel, “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians” is signed by over 25 prominent Orthodox rabbis in Israel, United States and Europe and calls for cooperation between Jews and Christians to address the moral and religious challenges of our times. The proclamation’s authors are inviting fellow Orthodox rabbis to join in signing the statement.

“The real importance of this Orthodox statement is that it calls for fraternal partnership between Jewish and Christian religious leaders, while also acknowledging the positive theological status of the Christian faith. Jews and Christians must be in the forefront of teaching basic moral values to the world,” said Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, one of the statement’s initiators, and founder of CJCUC, member of the Israeli Rabbinate and the Chief Rabbi of Efrat. While not a direct response to the Church’s 1965 “Nostra Aetate,” “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven” was clearly influenced by Christianity’s new affirmation of the eternity of the Jewish covenant and the respect that Christian leaders have demonstrated toward Judaism and Jews in contemporary dialogues and religious encounters.

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Posted: Dec. 10, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8902
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian, Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian, Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism


Pope Francis: Homily for Christian Unity Vespers

Pope Francis preached the homily at the Ecumenical Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls for the conclusion of the 2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“I am the least of the Apostles … because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace in me was not without effect.” That’s how the Apostle Paul sums up the significance of his conversion. Coming after his dramatic encounter with the Risen Christ on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus, it is not primarily a moral conversion but rather a transforming experience of the grace of Christ, and at the same time, a call to the new mission of announcing to everyone the Jesus that he previously persecuted by persecuting the disciples of Christ. At that moment, in fact, Paul understands that there is a real and transcendent union between the eternally living Christ and his followers: Jesus lives and is present in them and they live in him. The vocation to be an Apostle is founded not on Paul’s human merits, which he considers to be ‘the least’ and ‘unworthy’, but rather on the infinite goodness of God who chose him and entrusted him with his ministry.
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Posted: Jan. 26, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9254
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Pope Francis, Sermon, WPCU
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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis meeting in Havana, Cuba. This was the first meeting between a reigning pope and a patriarch of Moscow

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to God, glorified in the Trinity, for this meeting, the first in history.

It is with joy that we have met like brothers in the Christian faith who encounter one another “to speak face to face” (2 Jn 12), from heart to heart, to discuss the mutual relations between the Churches, the crucial problems of our faithful, and the outlook for the progress of human civilization.

2. Our fraternal meeting has taken place in Cuba, at the crossroads of North and South, East and West. It is from this island, the symbol of the hopes of the “New World” and the dramatic events of the history of the twentieth century, that we address our words to all the peoples of Latin America and of the other continents.

It is a source of joy that the Christian faith is growing here in a dynamic way. The powerful religious potential of Latin America, its centuries–old Christian tradition, grounded in the personal experience of millions of people, are the pledge of a great future for this region.

3. By meeting far from the longstanding disputes of the “Old World”, we experience with a particular sense of urgency the need for the shared labour of Catholics and Orthodox, who are called, with gentleness and respect, to give an explanation to the world of the hope in us (cf. 1 Pet 3:15).
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Posted: Feb. 12, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8982
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, patriarch, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, patriarch, pope, Pope Francis


Anglicans, Catholics to publish first ARCIC III volume

The Labyrinth at Anglican convent of St John the Divine in Toronto, Canada, where the 2016 ARCIC meeting is taking place, symbolises a pilgrimage of penitence and prayer

Anglican and Catholic theologians, meeting in Toronto, Canada this week, have agreed on the publication of their first ARCIC III document on the theme “Towards a Church fully reconciled”. The volume, which is likely to be published in the autumn, uses the ‘Receptive Ecumenism’ approach to look at the limitations within each communion and see how one Church can help the other grow towards the fullness of faith.

The third Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) is holding its sixth annual meeting from May 11th to 19th, hosted by the Anglican sisters of St John the Divine in Toronto. The 18 members of the Commission have completed work on the first part of their mandate, exploring tensions between the local and Universal Church within the two communions, and are continuing discussions on a second volume, looking at how Anglicans and Catholics make difficult moral and ethical decisions.
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Posted: May 17, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10372
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic
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Anglicans look to Pope as role model of Christian leadership

Radio Vaticana
Pope Francis greets New Zealand Archbishop David Moxon, director of Rome's Anglican Centre, and Zambian Bishop William Mchombo of the Central African province at the end of his Wednesday general audience in St Peter's Square

Among the thousands of pilgrims and visitors present in St Peter’s Square for the Pope’s general audience on Wednesday was a group of Anglicans from all over the world who are taking part in a week long study course on Christian leadership.

Organised by the Anglican Centre in Rome, the course is based on Biblical scholarship, case studies of exemplary leaders, past and present, and field work in Rome and Assisi.

Participants from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Nigeria and Myanmar were among those attending the audience, while the director of the Anglican Centre, Archbishop David Moxon and Zambian Bishop William Mchombo of the Central African province were also able to exchange a few words with Pope Francis.
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Posted: Sept. 12, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10384
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican Centre in Rome, Pope Francis
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Unity Week: Cardinal Koch celebrates a “truly ecumenical year”

Cardinal Kurt Koch with Rev Mounib Younan, Pope Francis and Rev Martin Junge in Lund Cathedral on October 31st, 2016. Photo: AP

As we mark the annual week of prayer for Christian Unity, Catholics have much to celebrate because 2016 was “truly an ecumenical year”. That’s the view of Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who accompanied Pope Francis on all his ecumenical journeys throughout the past year.

The cardinal was reflecting on the theme for this week of prayer which is centred on a verse from St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians: ‘Reconciliation: the love of Christ compels us’. Members of the Council of Christian Churches in Germany were asked to prepare material on this theme which is set in the context of this year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Cardinal Koch says the leitmotif for this week of prayer is reconciliation, proposed by Christians in Germany, where the Reformation began. While we have much gratitude for the Reformation and the rediscovery of all that is in common between Lutherans and Catholics, he says, we must also recognise the painful history of the last 500 years. Though Luther did not want to divide the Church, he notes the “horrible confessional wars” that followed the Reformation “transformed Europe into a red sea of blood”. We must acknowledge both of these pages, he says, working for repentance and reconciliation, but also showing gratitude for the gifts of the Reformation.
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Posted: Jan. 18, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9619
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Kurt Koch, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, WPCU
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Pope to visit Geneva for World Council of Churches anniversary

Pope Francis meets in the Vatican with WCC General Secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit

Pope Francis will travel to Geneva on June 21st to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. The announcement was made on Friday at a press conference in the Vatican by the WCC General Secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit and by Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The WCC was founded in 1948 with a membership of 147 Christian Churches, largely in Europe and North America. Today it brings together 348 members in countries across the globe, including most of the world’s Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.

Since 1965 the Catholic Church has worked closely together with the WCC through a Joint Working Group, as well as through participation in specific commissions or practical initiatives.
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Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10213
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Olav Fykse Tveit, pope, Pope Francis, WCC
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Pope to Lutherans: ‘may the Holy Spirit unite what is still divided’

Pope Francis receives in audience a delegation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pope Francis urged members of the German Lutheran Church, whom he received in the Vatican, to continue walking the path to unity.

Receiving a Delegation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in audience, Pope Francis on Monday recalled his positive 2016 visit to Lund in Sweden to mark the Common Commemoration of the Reformation.

Pointing out that “for the wounds of the past” the event could have provoked controversy and hatred, he said that instead it took place in a spirit of fraternal communion highlighting the fact that the last fifty years have been characterized by a “growing communion”.

“Thanks to the work of the Spirit, fraternal meetings, gestures based on the logic of the Gospel rather than human strategies, and through the official Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, it has been possible to overcome old prejudices on both sides” he said.
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Posted: June 4, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10253
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, Lutheran, Pope Francis
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Pope and the Grand Imam: Historic declaration of peace, freedom, women’s rights

Pope Francis shakes hands with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” signed on Monday afternoon in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad el-Tayeb, is not only a milestone in relations between Christianity and Islam but also represents a message with a strong impact on the international scene. In the preface, after affirming that “Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved”, this text is spoken of as a text “that has been given honest and serious thought”, which invites “all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together”.
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Posted: Feb. 4, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10336
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Al-Azhar, Catholic, Christian, El-Tayeb, fraternity, interfaith, Islam, peace, pope, Pope Francis
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Pope: Cardinal Bea a model and inspiration for dialogue

Pope Francis meets participants commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Augustin Bea

Cardinal Augustin Bea was the first President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and worked tirelessly in the field of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Cardinal’s death, the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Center for the Study of Christianity in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have been holding a series of scholarly lectures.
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Posted: Feb. 28, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10488
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Augustin Bea, Pope Francis
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Pope names new head of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, the new President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Pope Francis appoints 66-year-old Spanish Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot as the new President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot succeeds the late Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who died in July 2018, as the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He has been serving as Secretary of the Vatican dicastery. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot was born in Seville on 17 June 1952. A Combonian Missionary of the Heart of Jesus, he was ordained priest on 20 September 1980. He was a missionary in Egypt and Sudan until 2002. He obtained a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome in 1982, and a doctorate in dogmatic theology at the University of Granada in 2000. From 1989 he was professor of Islamology, first in Khartoum, then in Cairo. Later he taught at PISAI, where he held the office of Dean until 2012. He has presided over various meetings of inter-religious dialogue.
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Posted: May 25, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10549
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Miguel Ayuso Guixot, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican
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Global religious leaders, scientists join to release “Faith and Science: An Appeal for COP26”

Global religious leaders and leading scientists gathered at the Vatican to issue a joint statement calling on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26

Global religious leaders and leading scientists issued a joint statement on 4 October calling on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26.

Almost 40 faith leaders signed the joint appeal, which was presented by Pope Francis.

Signatories included World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, along with representatives from across the Christian denominations, Sunni and Shi’a Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism and Jainism.

The appeal calls for the world to achieve net-zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, and to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
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Posted: Oct. 4, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10908
Categories: Documents, Vatican News, WCC NewsIn this article: climate change, COP26, environment, interfaith statements, Pope Francis, WCC
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Church of England apologizes for anti-Jewish laws, 800 years on

Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

A special service to mark the eighth centenary anniversary of the Synod of Oxford aims to encourage Christians to reject contemporary forms of anti-Judaism and antisemitism. The Church of England has issued an apology to the Jewish community over laws that were passed 800 years ago which paved the way for the expulsion of Jews from England for hundreds of years. A special service held on Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford for the eighth centenary anniversary of the Synod of Oxford saw the presence of civic dignitaries and religious leaders, including Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and representatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The 1222 Synod of Oxford passed laws that forbade social interactions between Jews and Christians, placed a specific tithe on Jews and required them to wear an identifying badge. The Jews were also banned from some professions and from building new synagogues. Other harsher restrictions against the Jews followed over the years that eventually led to the mass expulsion of approximately 3,000 Jews at the time, by an edict in 1290 by King Edward I. More than 360 years passed before Jews were readmitted to England by Oliver Cromwell in 1656.
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Posted: May 9, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11276
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: anti-semitism, Church of England, Judaism
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‘Jews’ series of historical archives of Vatican Secretariat of State published online

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, The Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations
A letter from Werner Barasch, a university student of 'Israelite origin', from a concentration camp in Spain

At the request of Pope Francis, the virtual reproduction of a collection preserving the requests for help addressed to Pope Pius XII by Jews from all over Europe after the beginning of Nazi-Fascist persecution is now accessible to all. It consists of a total of 170 volumes, or nearly 40,000 files. Only 70% of the total material will be initially available, but will later be supplemented with the final volumes currently being prepared.

If I am writing to You today, it is to ask you to help me from afar”. Thousands of archived files that give voice to desperate calls for help. Like this one, from a 23-year old German university student “with Israelite origins”, who was baptized in 1938, and who, on 17 January 1942, made a last effort to free himself from detention in a concentration camp in Miranda de Ebro, Spain. He finally had the opportunity to join his mother who had fled to America in 1939, “to prepare a new life for me”, he wrote. Everything was ready for departure from Lisbon. The only thing missing was the intervention “of someone from outside” so that the authorities would consent to his liberation. “There is little hope for those who have no outside help”, he explains with few, but eloquent words. He then writes to an old Italian friend, asking her to ask Pope Pius XII to have the Apostolic Nuncio in Madrid intervene in his favour, knowing that: “with this intervention from Rome, others had been able to leave the concentration camp”.
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Posted: June 23, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11829
Categories: Documents, Vatican NewsIn this article: archives, Judaism, Pope Pius XII, Shoah
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After court decision, it’s time for widespread pro-life work, Vatican says

Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
For life, always,

A truly pro-life celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade would lead to cooperative efforts to pass legislation protecting life, women’s rights and motherhood, said an editorial in Vatican News and L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.

Those efforts should include finding ways to protect maternal health and lower the maternal death rate, assist poor women, provide or expand paid family leave and control access to guns in the country, said the piece written by Andrea Tornielli, editorial director at the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

The Vatican published the editorial June 25, the day after the Supreme Court ruled that there is no constitutional right to abortion in the United States, giving individual states the power to legislate abortion.

The court ruling, Tornielli wrote, “could provide an opportunity to reflect on life, the protection of the defenseless and the discarded, women’s rights and the protection of motherhood.”
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Posted: June 27, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11937
Categories: CNS, Vatican NewsIn this article: abortion, USA, Vatican
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Indigenous people, evangelization, and us

Pope Francis visited the pilgrimage at Lac-Ste-Anne, Alberta where he met with Indigenous people and blessed the waters

The heart of Pope Francis’ “penitential pilgrimage” to Canada has focused on his personal closeness to indigenous peoples and his request for forgiveness for the disasters wrought by the colonial mentality that sought to eradicate traditional cultures, including through the dramatic experiment of residential schools desired by the government and run by Christian churches.

Encounters with indigenous peoples marked every stage of the trip and were quite moving. The understandable focus on the suffering endured by indigenous people and the journey of reconciliation undertaken have overshadowed some valuable insights scattered throughout Pope Francis’ speeches, which offer useful paths for evangelization today in every corner on earth.

After saying he felt ashamed of what happened when believers “became worldly, and rather than fostering reconciliation, they imposed their own cultural models,” the Pope went on to emphasize that “this attitude dies hard, also from the religious standpoint.” He thus shifted his reflection to the present day, drawing on the events of the past. That is, it is a mentality that is still present.
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Posted: July 29, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12328
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: evangelism/evangelization, papal visit, Pope Francis
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