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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • The Pope and the Imam of al Azhar Together at the Conference on "Human Fraternity"

    01/22/2019 6:22:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/22/19
    Abu Dhabi (Agenzia Fides) - The international interreligious meeting will take place in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of February, to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis in the United Arab Emirates (3-5 February). The Bishop of Rome will participate in the Conference, hosted at the Founder's Memorial, where he will hold the only official speech of his visit. The Conference, organized by the Council of Muslim Elders, will gather more than six hundred members of different religious communities, and will also see the presence of Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyib, Grand Imam of al Azhar, the most authoritative theological-academic...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 7:00:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture & Spirit and Life (HLI) ^ | 01.22.19 | Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
    MASS READINGS January 22, 2019 (Readings on USCCB website)COLLECT PRAYER God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. January 22 is the anniversary...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 6:54:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Libreria Editrice Vaticana & CERC ^ | 05.24.15 | Pope Francis
    Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children POPE FRANCIS We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities — to offer just a few examples — it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.  Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for "instead of carrying out his role...
  • A Dominican Preaches in the Mosque, Recalling the Great Imam Promoter of Peace [Pakistan]

    01/20/2019 4:59:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/19/19
    Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - Maulana Muhammad Abdul Qadir Azad, who served the faithful as Grand Imam in the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore for about 30 years and died in January 2003, was considered "a great promoter of interreligious peace and harmony and above all of dialogue between Christians and Muslims. He was a great religious leader and a lover of peace. He was an ardent promoter of harmony between different Muslim communities and people of other religions": says the Dominican, Fr. James Channan, director of the "Peace Center" in Lahore, preaching in the Badshahi Mosque, the "Royal Mosque" in Lahore....
  • WATCH — Christian Pastor Jacqui Lewis: ‘Our Common Enemy Is White Supremacy, Transphobia, Sexism

    01/20/2019 12:35:45 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/19/19 | Kyle Morris
    Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, took the stage Saturday at the Women’s March and announced what she believed to be Americans’ greatest enemies. “I am so glad to be able to follow my indigenous family and share some words of blessing,” Lewis said as she opened her speech. “Standing here and looking at you and thinking about this movement makes me want to tell you what it means for me to be a Christian pastor.” “There’s all kinds of Christians, but I’m the kind that believes that there’s more than one path...
  • Christians and Muslims Together Commemorate 800th Anniv of Encounter Between St Francis and Sultan

    01/18/2019 6:03:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/15/19
    Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - To commemorate the historic event of the encounter between St. Francis with the Sultan of Egypt, AL-Kamil in the year 1219, modernize it in today's Pakistan, launching a universal message of tolerance, friendship, dialogue, common commitment for peace: in this spirit the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, within the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Pakistan, organized a meeting to inaugurate the activities that, in 2019, will commemorate the event in Pakistan 800 years ago, in the name of Islamic-Christian dialogue. As Agenzia Fides learns, Franciscan Sebastian Shaw, Archbishop of Lahore and President of the...
  • His Beatitude Sviatoslav [Ukraine]: Unity of Catholics and Orthodox is Not Utopian Thinking

    "Every effort must be made to restore the original unity of the Church of Kyiv in its Orthodox and Catholic branches". After the creation of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) and Constantinople’s abolition of the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church over the Ukrainian episcopate, the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) became the second largest and most influential Christian denomination in Ukraine. According to various estimates, the UGCC comprises about 6 million faithful. The Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church is in communion with Rome, but retains the Byzantine liturgical tradition. This creates a unique opportunity for it to conduct ecumenical dialogue...
  • The Law

    01/11/2019 12:28:52 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 4 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 1/11/2019 | Gary
    Faith and works.  Law and grace.  This is the age-old battle between God and man-made religion that started not when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, but long, long before—in the Garden of Eden, in the beginning, in fact.  This is a mega-post (so grab some coffee!), but please stick through to the end, because there is a blessing herein that the receptive heart will receive.  And please share with anyone you know, religious or otherwise, who is far from God. Was there law in Eden?  No, there was grace,...
  • Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine Agree to Develop....

    01/04/2019 6:32:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies ^ | 1/3/19 | Emma Cazabonne
    According to information published by the Ukrainian website RISU, “the primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniate) have already met and agreed to work out a roadmap, in order to deepen the relationships between the two Churches”. In an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel Pryamyy, Metropolitan Epifaniy declared, “We have outlined a definite path for our future cooperation, and from now on, we will seek for points of convergence that will unite us, in the field of spiritual education and other areas of our lives. Ad hoc commissions...
  • Armenian Apostolic Church Appoints First-Ever Representative in Rome

    12/22/2018 6:15:17 PM PST · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/20/18 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The Armenian Apostolic Church, one of six in the Oriental Orthodox communion, will have a fixed representative in Rome, similar to the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Methodists. Bishop Khajag Barsamian was appointed in early September as representative of the Apostolic Armenian Church to the Holy See. His appointment is intended to strengthen friendship between the two entities. Archbishop Barsamian, 67, was Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church diocese in the United States from 1990 to 2018. He is well known for his experience and skill in ecumenical dialogue. With the appointment, he becomes the point man in Rome for any...
  • Cardinal Müller: Priests ‘Duty-Bound’ to Resist Bishops Demanding Protestant Communion

    12/14/2018 7:14:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/12/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Says clerics 'rightly disobey' prelates ordering open CommunionROME ( - Cardinal Gerhard Müller is speaking out against bishops who order their priests to admit Protestants to Holy Communion. Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed that clerics are duty-bound to refuse such orders, saying they "rightly disobey" bishops who mandate such action. The cardinal's statements come in the wake of an erroneous pronouncement by German Bp. Felix Genn, head of the diocese of Münster. On Nov. 20, Genn published a pastoral guide featuring new directives, introduced by the German bishops earlier this year, that...
  • Every President Recited The Apostles’ Creed Except Trump, And People Definitely Noticed

    12/06/2018 11:52:12 AM PST · by I got the rope · 234 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/6/2018 | Ed Mazza
    People on Twitter are calling out President Donald Trump for failing to recite the Apostles’ Creed at the funeral for former President George H. W. Bush on Wednesday. Footage from the event shows much of the church, including the former presidents seated with Trump, standing to recite the profession of faith.
  • Pope Francis Calls for Unity with Orthodox Churches

    12/01/2018 7:37:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Pope expressed his desire to work for full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox churches On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople that while the Holy Spirit has in recent years prompted a “fraternal dialogue” between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, both Churches should work to achieve full communion with one another. “While centuries of mutual misunderstanding, differences and silence may seem to have compromised [the relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox Church], the Holy Spirit, Spirit of unity, has enabled us to recommence a fraternal dialogue,” the pope wrote....
  • Historic Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Agreed Statement on the Holy Spirit Published [Filioque]

    11/15/2018 6:52:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The historic Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed last October after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at this year’s meeting of AOOIC, which took place last week in Lebanon. The agreed statement is part of a series of work which has helped to heal the oldest continuing division within Christianity, a schism that goes back centuries. At the core of Agreed Statement is the controversial Filioque clause – appended to the Nicene Creed...
  • Russian Church Withdraws from Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue

    11/09/2018 6:18:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/8/18 | John Burger
    Ecumenical expert says implications of decision are yet to be seen.The implications for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, following the Russian Orthodox Church’s decision to withdraw from it, remain to be seen, said a Catholic member of the dialogue commission. Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the School of Theology and Religious Studies of the Catholic University of America, confirmed Wednesday that the Russian Orthodox have decided to suspend their participation in the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Monsignor McPartlan said a meeting of the...
  • Fr. Robert Taft, feisty ecumenist and liturgical historian, dies at 86

    11/03/2018 11:34:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 2, 2018 | John Burger
    Jesuit who became a Byzantine priest worked to help disparate parts of the Church understand one another Fr. Robert Francis Taft, preeminent historian of the Eastern Christian liturgy and an outspoken voice in relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, died at his home in Weston, Massachusetts, November 1, at the age of 86. Fr. Taft, who taught at a pontifical institute in Rome for several decades, is best known for his six-volume History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Born into a family that had ties to a U.S. president and a senator from Ohio, he grew up...
  • Fight between police and Coptic monks outside Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    10/28/2018 5:19:49 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 32 replies
    An incident between police and Coptic clerics that occurred outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has drawn accusations of police violence against the monks, after officers tried to break up the group of protesters who would not let Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) maintenance workers into the church... Police said they initially spoke with protesters and warned them that if they did not leave the area and allow the workers to enter, they would have to be evacuated. According to police, the protesters ignored these warnings, leading one who refused to move to be arrested... Anba Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox...
  • What’s it like being the only female cleric at the synod on young people? [Barf Alert]

    10/23/2018 3:56:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    America ^ | October 22, 2018 | Luke Hansen, S.J.
    A young priest in the Czechoslovak Hussite Church has been pleasantly surprised by the welcome and openness she has experienced at the Synod of Bishops on young people, she told America in an interview. A fraternal delegate, Rev. Martina Viktorie Kopecká, 32, has the distinction of being the only female cleric at the Synod of Bishops, which is taking place from Oct. 3 to 28 in Rome.Dressed in the liturgical vestments of the Hussite Church—a black robe with an imprinted red chalice and white stole—she delivered an address to the whole synod body on Oct. 11, emphasizing the importance...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Denies Rumors of Coming Visit of Pope Francis to Moscow

    10/22/2018 7:19:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 10/22/18
    Moscow, October 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has denied the alleged discussion of preparations for a visit of Pope Francis to Moscow. "As for the new armchair pseudo-insiders and other quasi-experts: the Pope of Rome's visit to Russia is not on the agenda," the head of the Synod's department for relations of the church with society and media, Vladimir Legoyda, said on his Telegram channel on Monday morning. Russian bloggers reported on Monday alleged preparations for Pope Francis' visit to Moscow, which was bound to demonstrate the high international standing of the Russian Orthodox Church after its break-up...
  • You ARE Alive in Christ Jesus[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/15/2018 11:55:55 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    You ARE Alive in Me Your situation is about to change for the better. These days are for you, For as I stand with you and beside you it is with my momentum your life is carved. Therefore your now is My Destiny "Yeah " Prophecy coming alive to accomplish The Fathers will in "Real" time. Do you understand?! I Am your Spear head and the Living breathing Force of The ( (( Active Kingdom of Zion )) ) Budding, blossoming and bearing Live fruit before the world's very eyes and existence, for you are riding in My Chariot of...