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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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : evangelism/evangelization, papal visit, Pope Francis


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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Catégorie : CNS, Vatican NewsDans cet article : abortion, USA, Vatican


‘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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Catégorie : Documents, Vatican NewsDans cet article : archives, Judaism, Pope Pius XII, Shoah


Church of England apologizes for anti-Jewish laws, 800 years on

Benedict Mayaki, SJ, Vatican News
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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : anti-semitism, Church of England, Judaism


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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Catégorie : Documents, Vatican News, WCC NewsDans cet article : climate change, COP26, environment, interfaith statements, Pope Francis, WCC


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: Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, Miguel Ayuso Guixot, Vatican
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, Miguel Ayuso Guixot, Vatican


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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Augustin Bea, Pope Francis


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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Al-Azhar, Catholic, Christian, El-Tayeb, fraternity, interfaith, Islam, peace, pope, Pope Francis


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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, Lutheran, Pope Francis


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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Olav Fykse Tveit, pope, Pope Francis, WCC


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: Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Kurt Koch, WPCU
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Kurt Koch, WPCU


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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Anglican Centre in Rome, 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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic


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


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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Pope Francis, Sermon, WPCU


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


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


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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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Pope Francis, sacramental sharing


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


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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