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Churches and Christian Communities

 

The World Council of Churches proposes advocacy training to safeguard women’s rights

Geneva, 16. “We are saying no to violence and discrimination without any ‘but’ or ‘maybe’. Our religious texts are a source of inspiration for just ...

Together for dignity and justice

On occasion of the common commemoration of the Reformation, ‘Caritas Internationalis’ and the Lutheran World Federation – World Service have signed a Declaration of Intent ...

At her most luminous

“When the Church tirelessly listens, heals, reconciles, she is at her most luminous: a communion of love, compassion, consolation, a clear reflection of the Risen ...

Anglicans with the Pope to protect creation

Bishop Nicholas Holtam of Salisbury and head of environmental issues for the Church of England has invited his community to join Pope Francis, the Ecumenical ...

​There is only one common future

“Seventy-five years after this extraordinary vision took life, Taizé continues to attract and inspire thousands upon thousands of young people all over the world. Taizé ...

Justice and sustainable development fight terrorism

“In the last 18 months Anglican dead have been certainly in the hundreds, even into the low thousands. Around the world we face the reality ...

Wounds of Christ and man

The following is a translation of the transcript of Pope Francis’ answers to questions posed to him by Italian representatives of the Community of Christian ...

Armenian martyrs

It may perhaps be remembered as the most numerous canonization in history. Yesterday, on the eve of the official commemorations of the centenary of Metz ...

No more destruction in Aleppo

“We listened to the cries of the widows and the laments of the children and we saw the panic on the faces of the people”. ...

Service is spiritual heroism

The sacrifice in itself – the basis of spiritual heroism – is the highest expression of love. The Patriarch of Moscow Kirill underlined this in ...

Strengthening cooperation

“We will seek to strengthen cooperation between Christians in the name of the triumph of Divine truth, and the assertion in society of lofty evangelical ...

Holy Thursday with refugees

Cardinal Fernando Filoni spent Holy Thursday with Iraqi refugees. On the evening of 2 April he celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the ...

An Easter gift for those displaced in Iraq

During Holy Week, Cardinal Fernando Filloni is on mission in Iraq, where he has visited several villages in the north, those closest to areas occupied ...

The WCC and World Water Day

“Towards water justice: a pilgrimage of justice and peace” is the theme of the Lenten campaign of the World Council of Churches (WCC), launched for ...

A rainbow nation

A Church of the poor and for the poor which defends the dignity of those facing injustices. This is the reality of the Catholic community ...

The power of the name

One afternoon, strolling through Rome, I was searching for a flower vender. I have always loved the cactus, that lovely sober plant; adapted to an ...

The Synod of the Waldensian and Methodist Churches opens in Torre Pellice

To follow the road of discipleship and service to others, without being attracted by the logic of power: this was the appeal of Pastor Claudio ...

Unity of faith in diversity of expression

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 ...

Less nationalism and more internet

Istanbul, 8. “Fanaticism and fundamentalism are concepts foreign to our tradition and the body of the Orthodox Church. Today, unfortunately we witness expressions of such ...

Moscow Synodal Choir in the Vatican

“Beauty will save the world”. Pope Francis quoted this famous line from one of the most celebrated thinkers of the 1800s in Russia, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ...

Christians for a new world vision

Leaving space for stories, experiences, hopes, prayers but above all a vision for the world. This is one of the main themes of the Assembly ...

Today’s world demands a common witness

The Tenth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches is being held in Busan, South Korea, from the 30 October to 8 November. On ...

Catholic church in Kenya attacked

Fighting against Islamic Somali military radicals of Al Shabaab in Kenya is becoming increasingly difficult. While the country is in a period of national mourning ...

No to a military solution to the crisis in Syria

Religious leaders from Syria, Russia, Europe and the United States are asking together for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, as a path ...

Cries for peace are heard

May the United States “listen to the voice of religious leaders, who unanimously oppose any military interference in the Syrian conflict”. This was the wish ...

A flicker of hope

From Jerusalem to Assisi and from Havana to Taizé and in Damascus, too. Numerous faithful from every part of the world gathered in spirit Saturday ...

Rome with its Bishop

“Fr Pietro, let's begin to preparing”. The people of Rome, who have the Pope as their Bishop, listened to his appeal for peace in Syria ...

The ages of the spirit and the time of unity

Almost 50 years, Pavel Evdokimov, the famous philosopher and theologian of emigration published a book in Paris which in a certain sense left a mark ...

For the good of the human community

Ecclesiastical authority and civil power “are called to cooperate for the integral good of the human community” . The Pope wrote this in a message ...

Behaviours to be corrected

“Over the last few years the weakening role of central authority, the vacancy of numerous episcopal sees, the lack of security and the perpetual state ...

The path towards unity

“Let us travel the path towards unity, fraternally united in charity”. This was Pope Francis' invitation to His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and ...

For a humble and brotherly Church which serves

Pope Francis asked the Italian Bishops to get rid of “burdens that obstruct healthy apostolic promptness”, and to put themselves “before the flock”, as “ungroping” ...

A Church that reaches out to all

A Church not closed in on itself but open to meeting everyone and commited to being alongside the poorest of the poor in the “outskirts ...

The right to express the faith

To respect the right of every believer to live their faith freely, and to recognize the role that Christianity has played in the formation of ...

An approach of brotherhood, love and trust

The following is a translation from French of the declaration of Brother Alois, Prior of Taiz é, on the election of Pope Francis. In St ...

Joy becomes prayer

“We are all sharing this moment of joy and we pray that he may be under the protection of the Virgin of Luján”, the Patroness ...

Anglicans against the cuts of grants for families

Concern at the growing risk of ever increasing poverty among families with children was expressed by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Prelate — to ...

Benedict XVI, an example of faith also for the Lutherans

On the day after his election to the Papacy, which took place on 19 April 2005, Benedict XVI stated in a message to the Cardinals ...

Archbishop Welby says no to same-sex marriage

“I have no idea how the vote will go, so I am not going to get into hypothetical questions. I stand, as I have always ...

Unity among Christians for peace in the Middle East

Christians in the Middle East “face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all”. They must work together “in ...

A shared and ever growing path

The year 2012 initiated the Year of Faith, and an intensification of efforts were made with relations with Reformed, Baptists and Anabaptists, as well as ...

That silence in St Peter's Square

Among the images from our European youth meeting in Rome, I shall note two. Saturday evening, 29 December, in the middle of the prayer-service celebrated ...

Taizé in Rome

The 35th European Youth Meeting sponsored by the Taizé Community begins on Friday, 28 December, in Rome. More than 40,000 youth are expected for the ...

Christ decisive force to transform America

“The Catholic Church is convinced that the light for an adequate solution can only come from encounter with the living Christ, which gives rise to ...

The light that leads to justice and peace

“Christ's light is the lamp for our feet that shows us the way toward justice and peace”. These are the words of hope that are ...

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter is growing

Growth continues for the ordinariate created to receive former Anglican faithful in the United States. Thanks to an anonymous donation – as the press release ...

Catholicism at the root of English identity

In the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, not far from St Peter’s Basilica, is preserved an image of the ‘Madonna of Ine’, the gift ...

The joy of unity

“The joy on their faces... that’s the thing that sticks in my mind the most”. Almost a year has passed since the establishment and inauguration ...

Anglicans say no to female bishops

An almost unexpected “no”, but “this vote is certainly not the end of the story”: this the Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican ...

Fifty years with the world's poorest

In October 1962, in Rome, CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, was established by the Bishops of England and Wales. Against the background of ...

National debate before any decision

“Whether or not we want it, we as the French have a special responsibility that goes beyond ourselves. The Government has posited as a general ...

Benedict XVI's Message for the election of Tawadros II

His Holiness Anba Tawadros Pope-elect of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark I was filled with joy on learning of your election ...

The Year of Faith in the spirit of the martyrs

The Year of Faith in Japan is “a challenge for all Churches, but in a special way for Japan because she faces many challenges, which ...

Ten saints for the Year of Faith

The bishops' conference of the United States has made another contribution to rediscovering the faith. In a recent note the secretariat for evangelization and catechesis ...

Contemplation as a revolution

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Douglas Williams, Primate of All England and of the Anglican Communion, spoke during the Fifth General Congregation of the Synod ...

In Karachi the Islamic authorities grant land to nuns

On behalf of the provincial government of Sindh, Pakistan, Governor Ishrat ul Ebad presented the 99-year lease papers for 1.5 acres of land to the ...

With tenacity for peace

A commitment to work with even more determination to promote justice and peace is the invitation that the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land wished ...

Synod of Greek-Catholic Bishops opens in Canada

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halyč, spiritual guide of the Ukranian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC), sent a letter greeting the Ukranian Catholics of Canada at the ...

The path of reconciliation

Those who arrive in Taizé immediately see the bell tower of the little Romanesque church around which the crosses of the small cemetery are clustered. ...

Moving away from tradition

Willingness to develop relations within the Anglican community but at the same time differences concerning same-sex unions. These, in short, are the results of the ...

Mother Land

The first and principal factor of development in the agricultural and rural world is the proclamation of Christ and also for this reason “a new ...

The first twenty years of the Church in Mongolia

A young Church entrusting her future to young people: this is how the apostolic prefect, Wenceslao Padilla, described the small Catholic community in Mongolia which ...

Reconciliation heals

Thursday, 14 June, at the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin is devoted to the theme: “Reconciliation in our communion”. The pouring rain today suited the theme ...

The universal value  of family

In today's society there is great need to rediscover the meaning and purpose of marriage and the importance of family, says the religious sister who ...

Let us start afresh from God

The “ancient and new mission” that the Pope announced to participants in the General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference at the Audience on Thursday ...

Young and educated priests in the United States

Young and with an active past of service in parish ministry: this is the picture of priests being ordained this year in the United States, ...

Necessary recourse in defence of religious freedom

The Archdioceses of New York, of Washington and of Saint Louis, along with 40 other dioceses, institutions and Catholic organizations (schools, universities, hospitals and charities) ...

The Gospel of gift and gratuitousness

Gratuitousness is not found in the marketplace nor can it be prescribed by the law. However both the economy and politics are need of the ...

Spiritual renewal and reconciliation of the Church in Ireland

“The 50th International Congress in Dublin will be a moment once again of renewal and reconciliation. It will be an event which recalls all Catholics ...

Hope in a new world

“The theme chosen is significant, and much more in the Indian context, of all God’s creation groaning amidst daily threats, tribulations and toil with the ...

New evangelizers in the United States

“Join us in a journey to re-discover the faith or answer questions about reconnecting with the Catholic Church”. This is the call of the document ...

The door can only be opened from the inside

Instead of turning to consumerism, look deep within yourselves in silence and prayer to open the door of the light to Lord. It was Archbishop ...

The findings and prospects of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland

Now that the Apostolic Visitation to certain Dioceses, Seminaries and Religious Institutes in Ireland has been concluded, it is intended here, in accordance with what ...

Intolerance of Christians increasing in Europe

“The bishops in Europe are particularly conscious of these manifestations of religious discrimination and intolerance which actually confirm how some values and fundamental rights proper ...

The bell rallies the Church in Ireland

Not as an isolated event but as a moment of grace, especially for a Catholicism seeking to renew itself after a difficult and, in many ...

Those who fear the crucifix

The theme of religious freedom in the U.K. continues to attract attention, specifically referring to the prohibitions (penalizing those who disregard them) by some employers ...

Half of migrants are Christian

The enormous increase in migratory flows from one continent to another is one of the most interesting and widely studied phenomena at the beginning of ...

For the future of Catholics in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 14th Joint Meeting of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CEBE) and of the Croatian Bishops' Conference (CEC) was held on Monday, 30 ...

Religious freedom at a crossroads

The decision taken by the Federal Department of Health and Human services on the topic of contraception “violates the constitutional limits on our government, and ...

In Pakistan the Catechism in Urdu

As of 27 February, the Church in Pakistan is preparing to publish The Catechism of the Catholic Church in Urdu, the national language. The work ...

Growing in the Spirit in the face of challenges

Despite the current economic situation and the continuing work following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond calls for stewardship, deeper understanding in Christ ...

The world meeting for peace in Sarajevo

Twenty years after the dramatic siege of Sarajevo, the Community of Sant’Egidio and the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, where Sarajevo is located, are sponsoring a world ...

A priority for all the Church

“Toward Healing and Renewal” is the title given to this Symposium for Catholic Bishops and Religious Superiors on the Sexual Abuse of Minors. For leaders ...

Persecuted Christians Orissa choose forgiveness

The persecuted Christians in Orissa want to “forgive and love their enemies” as the Gospel of Christ urges. This is what emerged from a meeting ...

Jesus our contemporary

The event “ Ges ǜ nostro contemporaneo ” [Jesus our contemporary], which will be taking place in Rome from 9 to 11 February, is being ...

The rights and dignity of immigrants

Respect for human dignity knows no borders, it does not take into account skin colour, it does not stop with the absence of valid identification ...

Beyond the walls for a new solidarity

We need a greater awareness of solidarity and we need to learn to live it more deeply: this was the prompt given by Br Alois, ...

Young people symbol of a united Europe

“For the first time, one of our European meetings is being held in Berlin. Berlin is a city characterized by great diversity; a city turned ...

How much must one suffer to understand the other?

Perhaps the most tragic consequence of European expansion in the modern age has been the destruction of indigenous peoples. In the Americas, in Africa and ...

The Church for the young and for the poor

The presence of Christians in India is significant, although they are a minority. Starting with the context of education, where schools and colleges managed by ...

Greater protection for the Christian minority

Greater protection for the Christian minority, increased mutual understanding with other religions, support for the marginalized to assure them of an adequate education encouraging emancipation. ...

Minority religious organizations as juridical persons of public law in Georgia

On 5 July, Georgia’s Parliament passed a law, proposed by the majority party and already in force after being signed by President Mikheil Saakashvili and ...

How Sweden sees the Pope

The Catholic Church is a tiny minority of less than two percent of the population in the Nordic countries. After the Lutheran reformation in the ...

A Europe of values rooted in Christianity

Common economic interests are not enough to build a solid base for a united Europe. Instead, it is necessary to look to, “authentic values which ...

Stopping the demographic crisis is a priority for all Christians

Mass culture today openly opposes Christian values, in so far as it is dependent on a culture of success, consumerism, and unbridled pleasure. It leads ...

The Church for the rights of followers of all religions

“ Even if he encounters opposition, the Christian’s own charity and forbearance should serve to convince others of the rightness of religious tolerance, from which ...

Sixty years of friendship

On 14 April, Archbishop Dominque Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, celebrated the 60th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with the Republic of the Philippines at ...

Killed for a mixed marriage in India

There are hundreds of so called “honor killings” in India every year according to estimates. It is an ancient and tragic practice, used mostly in ...

A witness of the Church’s unity for peace in the Middle East

On Thursday morning, 14 April, in the Clementine Hall, Benedict XVI received H.B. Béchara Pierre Raï, the new Patriarch of Antioch for Maronites. The Holy ...

Interreligious dialogue for the common good of humanity

On Thursday, 3 March 2011, the Holy Father received bishops from the Philippines in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall. This is the third “ad limina” visit ...

Unity a moral imperative

On Tuesday evening, 25 January, at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2011) the Holy Father celebrated Vespers at ...

New occasions for Catholics and Lutherans to grow closer

On Thursday morning, December 16, the Holy Father received the President of the Lutheran World Federation, Munib A. Younan in his Private Library. The following ...

We must progress on the path to full communion

For the first time Cardinal Kurt Koch led the Holy See Delegation to the Phanar on 30 November for the Feast of St Andrew, Patron ...

Atrocious violence against the defenceless

The Holy Father sent a Mcessage to Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad, the Republic of Iraq for the Syro-Catholics, on the occasion of ...

May Eastern Catholic Churches flourish

On Saturday, 9 October, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to those taking part in the Study Congress commemorating the 20th anniversary ...

Catholics and Anglicans together rediscover the Christian roots of Europe

“It's a pity the world only sees the quarrels. It's as if that tiny six inches about the surface is what matters and the immense ...

Ecumenism and Mission

The following is a shortened version of the intervention delivered by Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at “Edinburgh ...

Europe breathes with both lungs

On Thursday evening, 20 May, the Holy Father was offered a concert by His Holiness Kirill i, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, as a ...

Praying for unity with great urgency

On 14 March, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, known as “Laetare” Sunday, the Holy Father visited the Evangelical Lutheran Community of Rome at the “Christuskirche” ...

The Greeks who wanted to see Jesus

Benedict XVI's Visit to the Lutheran Community of Rome confirms once again what Joseph Ratzinger, as a very young lecturer in Freising, discovered on reading ...

Catholics and Muslims against religious discrimination

The Joint Committee held its annual meeting at al-Azhar headquarters on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February 2010 under the joint presidency of Sheikh Muhammad ...

To Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Benedict XVI sent a Message of good wishes to His Holiness Bartholomaios I, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, for his 70th birthday. The ...

Appeal for respect of Christian's rights in Iraq

Pope Benedict XVI, during the Spiritual Exercises being held for him and his collaborators of the Roman Curia, was deeply grieved by the news that ...

Lent teaches patience and tolerance

His Holiness Bartholomew i, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, wrote the following “Catechetical Homily On the Commencement of Holy and Great Lent ”, which was dated ...

Ecumenical and interfaith dialogue in Scotland

Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, granted L'Osservatore Romano 's Nicola Gori the following interview in the lead-up to the Scottish ...

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