Archive for tag: Pope Francis

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Catholics and Anglicans celebrate new Canadian saints together

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec at the conclusion of an Oct. 12 Mass of thanksgiving for the April canonization of two 17th-century Canadian saints. Photo: CNS/Paul HaringOn the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian saints: St. François de Laval and St. Marie de l’Incarnation. The two were made saints in April when Pope Francis set aside the normal process. The two were significant in spreading Catholicism in New France, both among the French settlers and the indigenous peoples. Laval (1623-1708) was the first bishop of Québec. Marie de l’Incarnation (1599-1672), an Ursuline sister, was responsible for establishing the first schools in the fledgling colony at Québec and for extending education to girls and natives. Pope Francis has described the new saints as models of spreading the faith. “Missionaries have gone out to call everyone, in the highways and byways of the world,” Francis said in his homily. “In this way they have done immense good for the Church, for once the Church stops moving, once she becomes closed in on herself, she falls ill, she can be corrupted, whether by sins or by that false knowledge cut off from God which is worldly secularism.”
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Posted: October 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7857
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Canada, Catholic, ecumenism, Pope Francis, saints
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Canada, Catholic, ecumenism, Pope Francis, saints


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. Photo: CNS/Paul HaringWe, 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: November 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.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


Francis and Bartholomew issue resounding, historic calls for church reunification

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, kisses Pope Francis' head during an ecumenical service at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Saturday, November 29, 2014Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leaders of the millennium-long separated Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, have issued resounding and historic calls for the reunification of their global communities. Speaking to one another after a solemn Orthodox divine liturgy in St. George, an historic Christian center, Sunday, both leaders pledged to intensify efforts for full unity of their churches, saying such unity already exists among Christians dying in conflicts in the Middle East. For his part, Francis made what appears to be the strongest and most encompassing call yet from a Catholic pontiff for unity. Seeking to assure Orthodox leaders that restoration of full communion between the churches would respect Eastern traditions, he said reunion would “not signify the submission of one to the other, or assimilation.” “I want to assure each one of you here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith,” said the pope.
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Posted: November 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7921
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, pope, Pope Francis


Christians can’t ignore differences on life issues, pope says

Pope Francis. Photo: CNS/Paul HaringChristianity has something to say about human dignity, and “it would be a shame” if differing positions on the sanctity of all human life or on marriage were to increase the divisions among Christian churches and communities, Pope Francis said. “Questions related to the dignity of the human person at the beginning and end of life, as well as those related to the family, marriage and sexuality, cannot be concealed or overlooked just because we do not want to jeopardize the ecumenical consensus already reached,” he said Dec. 18 during a meeting with German Catholics and Lutherans. “Ecumenical dialogue today can no longer be separated from the reality and lives of our churches,” the pope told leaders of the German Lutheran Church and members of the German Catholic bishops’ ecumenical commission. Pope Francis praised the German Catholic-Lutheran dialogue commission for its joint study on “God and human dignity,” a study which is drawing to a close. Different theological understandings of the church and different opinions about what would constitute unity also seem to be moving Christians further from one another, Pope Francis said; but instead of resigning themselves to their divided state, “we must concentrate on the next possible step.” After 50 years of formal dialogue he said, “the notable progress that, with the help of God, has been made is a solid foundation of sincere friendship lived in faith and spirituality.”
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Posted: December 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7933
Categories: CNSIn this article: 2017, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Pope Francis


Bishop says interfaith dialogue can be a model for French society

Pope Francis meets with French Muslim leaders at his general audience on Wednesday. Photo: ReutersFour 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: January 8, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8003
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, France, interfaith, Muslim, Pope Francis, violence
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In Asia, Pope backs interfaith dialogue — with a ‘but’

Pope Francis smiled after getting a garland from a child as he arrived for an interfaith meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday. AP Photo: Saurabh DasVisiting a nation torn apart for 30 years by a civil war that pit Buddhists against Hindus and Muslims, with Christians both bystanders and sometimes victims, Pope Francis was expected to have something important to say about interfaith relationships. He delivered that Tuesday in Sri Lanka, telling a cross-section of the country’s religious leaders that harmony among different faiths is critical, but it cannot come at the expense of the distinctive identity of each. Citing the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), Francis said that the Catholic Church has a “deep and abiding respect for other religions.”
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Posted: January 13, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7948
Categories: NewsIn this article: Asia, Buddhist, dialogue, Hindu, interfaith, Muslim, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Asia, Buddhist, dialogue, Hindu, interfaith, Muslim, Pope Francis


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 LifeThe 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: January 24, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8001
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bose, Christian unity, Pope Francis, religious life, spiritual ecumenism, Taizé
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bose, Christian unity, Pope Francis, religious life, spiritual ecumenism, Taizé


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 VaticanOn 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: January 25, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.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. Photo: Radio VaticanaAt 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: January 26, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7998
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU
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Ecumenism means theological dialogue, joint work for peace, Pope says

Pope Francis answering questions from the press corpsEven as their theological dialogues continue in the search for full agreement on doctrinal issues, divided Christians are called to work together for justice and peace, especially in the Middle East, Pope Francis said.

“May the intercession and example of the many martyrs and saints who have borne courageous witness to Christ in all our churches sustain and strengthen you and your Christian communities,” the Pope told church leaders from the region.

Pope Francis met Jan. 30 with members of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, which include churches with large communities in Syria, Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

The Oriental Orthodox churches participating in the dialogue include the Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Malankara Orthodox Syrian churches.

“At this time,” the Pope said, “we especially feel dismay and deep sadness at what is happening in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria,” where Islamic State militants continue their campaign of terror.

“I think of all those living in the region, including our Christian brothers and sisters, and many minorities, who are experiencing the effects of a prolonged and painful conflict,” he said.
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Posted: January 30, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8046
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Oriental Orthodox, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Oriental Orthodox, Pope Francis


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