Archive for tag: John Paul II

Archive pour tag : John Paul II

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Excerpts from letter of Pope John Paul II on Martin Luther

Following are excerpts from Pope John Paul II’s letter on Martin Luther, dated Oct. 31, and addressed to Johannes Cardinal Willebrands, Archbishop of Utrecht. The letter, which was written in German, was translated by The Associated Press from a text in Italian released today by the Vatican.

November 10, 1983, is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Doctor Martin Luther of Eisleben. On this occasion, numerous Christians, especially of the Lutheran-Evangelical confession, remember that theologian who contributed in a substantial manner to the radical change of ecclesiastical and secular reality in the West. Our world still experiences his great impact on history.

For the Catholic Church the name of Martin Luther has through the centuries been tied to a painful period in history, in particular to the experience of profound ecclesiastical divisions.

For this reason, the 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther must be for us an occasion to meditate, in Christian truth and charity, on that event engraved in history that was the epoch of the Reformation. It is time that we distance ourselves from historic events and assure that they are often better understood and evoked.
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Posted: November 5, 1983 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9650
Categories: NewsIn this article: dialogue, John Paul II, Martin Luther
Transmis : 5 novembre 1983 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9650
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Pope, on his birthday, urges Christian unity

by E. J. Dionne, New York Times Pope John Paul II celebrated his 65th birthday today before cheering crowds with talk of Christian unity and a stern warning to youth against the exploitation ”of our weaknesses and our passions.” John Paul, who has been criticized by some Protestant leaders for slowing ecumenical dialogue, called on
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Posted: May 19, 1985 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6374
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, John Paul II
Transmis : 19 mai 1985 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6374
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‘Unprecedented’ Letter From Pope Hails Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue

In a letter described by religious leaders as “unprecedented,” Pope John Paul II told the presiding bishop of the Lutheran Church in America that Christian unity “continues as a priority in the Catholic Church today” and praised the agreements by joint Lutheran-Catholic theological commissions over the last two decades. The Pope’s letter came in response to a letter from Bishop James R. Crumley Jr. of New York, who wrote the pontiff May 22 asking him to encourage U.S. Roman Catholics to study the last report issued by the joint commission, a 21,000-word study on “justification by faith,” a key doctrine of the Protestant Reformation.
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Posted: September 28, 1985 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6434
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, John Paul II, Lutheran
Transmis : 28 septembre 1985 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6434
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Pope warns Anglicans on ordaining women

[Reuters] Pope John Paul II has told the Archbishop of Canterbury the ordination of women priests in some Anglican churches poses an “increasingly serious obstacle” to progress toward eventual reunion with Rome, the Vatican said Monday. The Vatican released an exchange of letters between the Pope and Archbishop Robert Runcie, and between Runcie and Johannes
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Posted: July 1, 1986 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6407
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, dialogue, John Paul II, ordination, Robert Runcie, women
Transmis : 1 juillet 1986 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6407
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Pope, in New Zealand, concedes major barriers to Christian unity

Pope John Paul II acknowledged today that ”real differences” between Roman Catholicism and other churches are blocking progress toward Christian unity.

Speaking to leaders of other Christian faiths, the Pope also conceded that his church presents demands that complicate the ecumenical movement.

The Pope’s speech today was his first public statement on ecumenism since the leadership of the Church of England took the important step of saying it would accept some sort of papal authority in a unified church.

John Paul’s comments were also significant because New Zealand’s Catholics have been particularly energetic in pursuing ecumenical contacts.
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Posted: November 24, 1986 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6389
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, John Paul II
Transmis : 24 novembre 1986 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6389
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Pope’s unity message comes with warning

Pope John Paul II expressed strong support Monday for Christian unity but warned that Catholics had important disagreements with other churches that could not be compromised.

At an ecumenical service in a Christchurch Catholic cathedral, on the last day of his visit to New Zealand, the Pope said that despite progress toward unity there were still real and serious divisions in the Christian community.

The pontiff, winding up the fourth stage of a six-nation tour, said Catholic commitment to ecumenism was irreversible.

“At the same time I am aware that the Catholic participation makes new demands of the other churches and ecclesiastical communities taking part in the ecumenical movement,” he said.

“We are convinced that the goal is not simply partnership. It is nothing less than the fullness of communion in a visible organic unity. The ecumenical way cannot be one of reduction.”
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Posted: November 24, 1986 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6415
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, John Paul II
Transmis : 24 novembre 1986 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6415
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Pope firm on Mary doctrines in letter

Pope John Paul, in an encyclical issued Wednesday, reaffirmed Roman Catholic doctrines on the immaculate conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ; her virgin birth, and assumption to heaven – teachings some Protestants say block Christian unity.

But the Pope said in the 114-page encyclical that Christians should find in Mary a source of unity rather than a cause of division.

The encyclical, a pastoral letter addressed by a pope to the entire Roman Catholic church, is the sixth since Pope John Paul’s election in 1978.
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Posted: March 26, 1987 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6399
Categories: NewsIn this article: doctrine, encyclicals, John Paul II, Mary
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Pope Urges Christian Unity in Devotion to Mary

by Don A. Schanche, Los Angeles Times In an important letter on the Virgin Mary, Pope John Paul II on Wednesday appealed to Christian churches in the East and West, and particularly in the Soviet Union, to seek unity in common devotion to the mother of Jesus Christ. It was only John Paul’s sixth encyclical-as
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Posted: March 26, 1987 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6383
Categories: NewsIn this article: encyclicals, John Paul II, Mary
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Papal visit to renew plans for ecumenism

by Russell Chandler, Los Angeles Times With the announcement that Protestant and Eastern Orthodox participants will join in an ecumenical meeting with Pope John Paul in Columbia, S.C., in September, the U.S. National Council of Churches has urged Christians “seize the moment” for renewed efforts toward Christian unity. A three-page statement welcoming the Pope on
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Posted: August 1, 1987 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6419
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, John Paul II, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA)
Transmis : 1 aoüt 1987 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6419
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Pope Decries Anglican Women Bishops

[Los Angeles Times] Pope John Paul II reiterated this week that the ordination of women in the Anglican Church poses “serious obstacles” to relations with the Roman Catholic Church. In a year-end address to cardinals, the Pope, speaking with “sincere pain,” deplored a resolution adopted by the world’s Anglican bishops in August. The Anglican bishops
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Posted: December 24, 1988 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6410
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, John Paul II, ordination, women
Transmis : 24 décembre 1988 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6410
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