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Ecumenism

 

The beginning of a long journey

“Man’s Disorder and God’s Design” -- this was the theme chosen to celebrate the founding of the World Council of Churches that began on 22 ...

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 ...

A new era of peace and friendship

“I am greatly encouraged by this momentous treaty which carries with it great hope for the communities and families who have, for many years, longed ...

​“God is Love” (1 John 4.8)

When speaking of God, the descriptive language that we adopt is love. And when speaking of love, the fundamental dimension that we attribute is divine. ...

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 ...

A common path

It is with sentiments of heartfelt closeness that i join all those who celebrate, with joy and jubilation, the twenty-fifth anniversary this year of the ...

Travel companions

My first close personal contact with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was granted in the year 2002 on the way to the World Meeting of Prayer ...

Ecumenism of choirs

A prayer in Chinese “for persecuted Christians” and that all political leaders might work towards justice and peace: this characterized the Mass Pope Francis celebrated ...

Ecumenism of martyrs

“The ecumenism of the martyrs is a summons to us, here and now, to advance on the path to ever greater unity”. Pope Francis spoke ...

A once and future hope

The ancient Camaldolese Benedictine monastery of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome is the place where St Augustine of Canterbury served as Prior, before being ...

​Unity is found on the journey

After signing the declaration, the Patriarch and the Pope gave two brief addresses. The following is the English text of the Pope's words in Spanish. ...

We are brothers and bishops

“We are not competitors but brothers”. Motivated by this conviction – which is written in black and white in the Common Declaration signed on Friday ...

​At Last

“At last”. The first words Francis said after his historic embrace with Kirill told how much he had looked forward to this long-awaited moment. “We ...

We can work together

The following is a translation of the address given by Patriarch Kirill in Russian.Your Holiness, Your Excellencies, Dear Brothers and Sisters, Ladies and Gentleman,For two ...

Physical and spiritual strength

“It will be a long and difficult journey” and “it will require physical and spiritual strength”, Patriarch Kirill said, before boarding a helicopter on Thursday ...

Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill

“The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness ...

Unity on the journey

Within hours of the announcement that Pope Francis would meet with Lutherans in Sweden to celebrate the beginning of the fifth centenary of the Protestant ...

Pope Francis to go to Sweden for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis will travel to Sweden on 31 October to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This historic announcement was issued by the Holy ...

​Before all conflict

The Anglican CommunionTo respond to the Gospel message with faith immediately implies a whole network of relationships, it implies that something is owed to those ...

A journey in four dimensions

“For my own part, following in the footsteps of my predecessors, I wish to assure our firm intention to go forward on the path of ...

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 ...

Episode 33

“Friendship” is a word left in suspense between Protestant biblicist Marcelo Figuero, Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Friendship is the common thread that ...

​We must continue to dialogue

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, the Holy Father ...

A symbol of brotherly friendship

It is an “expression of the brotherly bonds between the Armenian Church and the Catholic Church, and of the friendship of the Armenian and the ...

Common witness and friendship

The consultation between the World Evangelical Alliance and the Catholic Church, which began in 2009, hopes to finalize an agreed statement when they meet later ...

Constant dialogue

When he was installed as Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby met with all of his 37 fellow primates and committed himself to visit each of ...

The need to witness together

“A shared Christian witness is very much needed in the face of the mistrust, insecurity, persecution, pain and suffering experienced so widely in today’s world”: ...

Bridges of mercy and charity

Jesus' birth narrative ends with two unexpected journeys. The first is that of the Three Wise Men who, being warned in a dream not to ...

Ecumenism cannot wait

The following is a translation of the transcribed exchange between Pope Francis and journalists on the return flight from Istanbul, 30 November. The conversation was ...

Love and truth

Established on 4 November 1964 by the Austrian Cardinal Franz König, the Pro Oriente Foundation was born from the Second Vatican Council and from the ...

Unity begins with a change of heart

“The path towards unity begins with a change of heart, an interior conversion”. Pope Francis emphasized this when he met with a delegation of the ...

Diversity reconciled

“The Pope went to visit his brothers”. This is how Francis characterized his private meeting, on Monday, 28 July, in Caserta, with Evangelical Pastor Giovanni ...

Without walls in the Church of God

“Unity without walls in the Church of God”: these words resounded at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) held in İzmir, Turkey ...

The objective is still unity

“The Catholic Church remains wholly committed to the dialogue with the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. For the Catholic Church, the objective of ...

The daily life which unites

If we can learn to look at one another in God “our cooperation (will be) all the more easy in the many areas of daily ...

No fear of the other

“Fifty years ago, two great church leaders, the late Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, cast out fear; they cast away from themselves the ...

An ecumenism of suffering

On Thursday morning, 8 May, Pope Francis welcomed His Holiness Karekin ii, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, with whom he also ...

An opportunity to relaunch commitment to ecumenism

An opportunity to relaunch commitment to ecumenism and collaboration with the Holy See. It was in this spirit that a meeting between Pope Francis and ...

Christ cannot be divided

Greeting the representatives of various Christian denominations one by one, Pope Francis concluded the ecumenical celebration of Vespers on Saturday afternoon, 25 January, in the ...

We learn from looking into the eyes of the other

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis were of importance not only for the Catholic Church, but also for the ...

Under the same roof

Today, with Christians divided into many denominations, we run the risk of simply stopping at a peaceful coexistence. How could we possibly go beyond this? ...

Ecumenism and the philosophy of encounter

In past months we have seen images of Syrians fleeing their country to seek refuge in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The plight of these refugees ...

Ecumenism under a lucky star

This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January) is under an especially lucky ecumenical star. The theme of the Week is taken ...

Not guests but brothers among brothers

Not guests but brothers among brothers. This was how the Pope, this morning, Saturday 11 January, greeted clergy and laity from the Orthodox Churches and ...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

In recent days an apeal was launched by the General Secretary of the CEC, Guy Liagre, calling all 115 member churches in the Conference of ...

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 ...

God always walks with his people

“A humble servant of God”. Chief Rabbi Alfredo Goldschmidt and the Jewish community of the capital of Colombia thus defined Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, Archbishop ...

Without unity there is no future

Without unity there is no future for Christians in the Middle East. These are the words that H. B. Louis Raphael I Sako, Patriarch of ...

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 ...

From Moscow to Buenos Aires and back

Fr Gennadij Geroev, currently a priest at the large parish of St John the Warrior in the centre of Moscow, for nearly six years was ...

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 ...

Ecumenism of suffering

“Just as the blood of the martyrs was a seed of strength and fertility for the Church, so too the sharing of daily sufferings can ...

In fidelity to the Gospel

Today, 21 March, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, Primate of the Anglican Communion, presided at his Enthronement. Numerous Catholic bishops were present including Cardinal Cormac ...

With friendship and respect

The “firm determination” to continue the ecumenical journey and the “promotion of friendship and respect among men and women of different religious traditions” was affirmed ...

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 ...

Ecumenism at the service of peace

In this year's Octave the following suggestion is offered to us from the prophet Micah: "The You have been told, O man, what is good, ...

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 ...

Without the search for unity faith would be be abandoned

The Year of Faith which Pope Benedict XVI has given us is closely connected with the Second Vatican Council not only from the temporal viewpoint ...

Together for a just and fraternal society

“To advance in the ways of ecumenical communion thus demands that we become ever more united in prayer, ever more committed to the pursuit of ...

Seeking God's face

The desire “to see God's face” is innate in every human being, even in non-believers. The Pope said this at the General Audience this morning, ...

The strength of a candle in a dark room

It was on a cold Winter’s day 16 January 1863 that Lewis Thomas was born to the the Episcopalian Reverend Joseph Wattson and Mary Electa ...

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 meeting of the Pope's alumnae dedicated to ecumenism

The traditional summer seminar of Benedict XVI's former students, members of the so-called Ratzinger Schülerkreis, will be held in Castel Gandolfo from 30 August to ...

In Ukraine as in Poland

The conflict between Ukrainians and Russians is impossible to mitigate without discussion with the Patriarch of Moscow. “And if we try somehow to settle the ...

A gesture for the whole of Europe

Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE), applauds the historic message signed jointly in Warsaw last ...

An event that promises hope

“An important event that promises hope for the future”. In this way the Pope defined the joint declaration signed by the Patriarch of Moscow and ...

Peace and reconciliation in Myanmar

Greater ecumenical commitment from Churches for a response to conflicts, greater involvement and Christian participation in communities for reconciliation and for the construction of peace ...

A path of no return

Continuing with steadfast faith on the way of ecumenical dialogue despite the criticism, despite the many difficulties, following the example delineated by Patriarch Athenagoras in ...

Celebrating God through beauty

The English essayist and poet, Joseph Addison (1672-1719), in his 1694 ‘A Song for St Cecilia’s Day’, called music: ‘ the greatest good that mortals ...

To the roots of communion

The Second Vatican Council, the 50th anniversary of whose opening is to be celebrated next 11 October, has marked “a new and important phase in ...

To change the relationship between the economy and creation

“Our effort over the last two decades... has been to promote worldwide dialogue and cooperation among representatives of various disciplines and faiths, contributing to global ...

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 ...

An ecumenical word on the future of man

What happens to man's self-understanding and to religious piety when human life is seen as the subject of a technological project rather than a result ...

The ecumenical character of the Camaldolese spirit

Recalling St Gregory the Great’s “radiant witness”, the Pope celebrated the millenium of the Sacred Hermitage of Camaldoli together with the Archbishop of Cantebury and ...

Prophecy of the contemplative life

We are publishing the homily given by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams, during First Vespers of the III ...

The legacy of Martin Luther King

Poverty and racism: this is the theme of the annual conference sponsored by the ecumenical organization Christian Churches Together (CCT) in the United States. The ...

Christian unity a duty and a great responsibility for all

The re-establishment of unity is “a duty and a great responsibility”. For this reason the “active commitment” of all Christians is needed, because the reestablishment ...

Ecumenism today and the expectation of its fulfilment

“To work tirelessly to rebuild the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers”. This is the “impelling duty” of the successor of Peter. Already ...

The fruits of Franciscan inheritance

In Italy, preparation for the Day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world in Assisi on October 27th, convened by ...

Ecumenism in India The struggle to survive

Kerala’s Christians find themselves in front of an important challenge: that of unity. This is what Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, Secretary General of the World ...

Reliving Papal Visit to UK: ‘Heart speaks unto heart’

“And in the four busy and very beautiful days I spent in this noble land I had the great joy of speaking to the hearts ...

A decisive step towards full communion

The Holy Father received members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches at an Audience ...

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 ...

A new phase of dialogue

The Anglican Communion Internal Developments Relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion in 2010 continue to be dominated by events within the Anglican ...

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 ...

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 ...

A healthy ecumenism to combat indifferentism and ecclesiological relativism

On Saturday, 11 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops ...

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 ...

Britain's oldest annual pilgrimage more relevant today than ever

Over Holy Week, more than 250 people of all ages walked across England to participate in Britain's oldest annual pilgrimage: Student Cross. Upon arrival on ...

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 ...

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 ...

Catholics and Orthodox unite for society's moral and civil development

On Friday, 12 February, in his Private Library, the Holy Father met with Prelates of the Bishops' Conference of Romania at the end of their ...

Communiqué on ‘Harvesting the Fruits’ Symposium

In October 2009, Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue was published. This book gathers together the results of 40 years ...

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 ...

Growing in diversity within the unity of the Church

The Church in England and Wales has become a “meeting point of Catholics from all over the world”, having recently grown significantly in diversity, said ...

Communion of Christ's disciples a condition of effective witness

On Monday, 25 January, the Holy Father celebrated Second Vespers for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul in the Basilica of St Paul ...

Great progress and new difficulties along the path to Christian unity

At the General Audience in the Paul vi Audience Hall on Wednesday, 20 January, the Holy Father commented on the ecumenical goal of visible unity ...

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