Archive for tag: Brian Farrell

Archive pour tag : Brian Farrell

Are we on the brink of a new ecumenical spring?

Pope Francis greets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during a private audience at the Vatican

It is not uncommon to read optimistic appraisals of how the cause of Christian unity is progressing. There are in fact undeniable signs of continuing progress in relations between the divided churches as set out, for example, in the study document From Conflict to Communion, describing the substantial advance of relations between Catholics and Lutherans in fifty years of dialogue.

But not all is plain sailing. To the careful observer there are also signs of frustration and even retrenchment. To not a few, the traditional ways of doing ecumenism seem no longer capable of meeting new challenges coming from developments both within the Catholic Church and within the other Churches, our ecumenical partners.
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Posted: January 24, 2019 • Permanent link:
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Brian Farrell, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Bishop Farrell: ‘Synodality’ and the search for Christian unity

Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

As Christians come together to mark the annual ecumenical Week of Prayer, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), Bishop Brian Farrell, says Pope Francis’ synodal process could make a “hugely important” contribution to improving relationships between the different churches.

Congregations and individuals in many parts of the globe participate in the 18-25 January Week of Prayer initiative which originated over a century ago and is organized by the PCPCU in partnership with the World Council of Churches (WCC). Each year, they invite an ecumenical group in a particular region to prepare resources that can be used for different kinds of ecumenical initiatives during the octave of prayer.

This year, worship materials have been prepared by members of the Middle East Council of Churches, focusing on the theme of the Magi who “saw the star in the East and came to worship” the Christ Child in Bethlehem. Bishop Farrell notes that the material, available in seven languages, is “filled with a deep, genuine spirituality that will be very effective when used by communities around the world.”
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Posted: January 20, 2022 • Permanent link:
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Brian Farrell, Christian unity, synodality, WPCU
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