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  • Pope, Orthodox Patriarch Look to New Council at Nicea

    05/30/2014 8:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople have agreed to plan for an ecumenical council to be held in Nicea in 2025, the AsiaNews service reports. Patriarch Bartholomew revealed that he and the Roman Pontiff had “agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated.” The Council of Nicea, held in 325, brought together over 300 bishops and approved the formula of faith now known as the Nicene Creed.
  • Different faiths, same witness: How Vatican explains prayers for peace

    06/05/2014 3:58:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    cns ^ | June 5, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Popes pray for peace; it is part of their ministry. And when war is raging or peace negotiations seem hopelessly bogged down, recent popes have invited leaders of other Christian traditions and other faiths to join them in prayer. Pope Francis has put a twist on the interreligious prayer gathering by inviting political leaders, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, "to come to the Vatican to pray together with me for peace." The event was scheduled for June 8, the day many Christians celebrate Pentecost. Pope Francis embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at...
  • Bartholomew: With Francis, we invite all Christians to celebrate the first synod of Nicaea in 2025

    05/31/2014 8:09:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Asia News ^ | May 29, 2014 | NAT da Polis
    Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On his return from Jerusalem , where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has revealed an important appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first real ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated. Speaking exclusively with AsiaNews, Bartholomew says that together with Pope Francis "we agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries , the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was...
  • Honor of a lifetime -- performing at the Vatican for Pope Benedict, his brother

    02/26/2014 11:39:49 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2014 | Lauren Green
    Pope Benedict XVI is somewhat a forgotten man these days. The pope emeritus, who shocked the world when he resigned last spring, is usually referenced now only in stories about his successor, Pope Francis, who’s become the darling of the press, especially in the West. But in the cloistered Vatican City, Pope Benedict is still very much revered and respected. I know this because I was privileged enough to be invited to perform in a private concert there Wednesday, January 15th, in honor of Benedict’s brother’s 90th Birthday. The elderly brothers share a passion for their Catholic faith and music....
  • Cardinal Tagle apologizes for Church ‘sins’

    10/19/2013 11:35:16 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    The Manilla Times ^ | October 18, 2013 10:50 pm | Rose de la Cruz
    SHAKEN, if not humbled by the destruction of old Catholic churches in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol after a powerful 7.2 quake hit Central Visayas last Tuesday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday apologized for the sins of the Church against non-Catholics and even the poor. Tagle made his apology on the last day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the University of Santo Tomas, a 3-day event that sought to rekindle the Catholic faith. “In memory of Blessed Pope John Paul II and his collaborators before the year 2000, including Pope Emeritus Benedict...
  • Muslim leader says pope is model of what religious leader should be

    10/08/2013 1:24:33 PM PDT · by haffast · 33 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct-8-2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, like Islam's Sufi mystic theologians and poets, "is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion," said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland. Mohamad Bashar Arafat, a Syrian who has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was visiting the Vatican and speaking to groups in Rome in early October as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See as part of the U.S. State Department's international speakers program. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Arafat said...
  • Bishop participates in ceremony for Slovenia’s 1st mosque (10-17-13)

    10/01/2013 6:22:38 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    CWN ^ | September 17, 2013 | CWN
    Bishop Andrej Glavan of Novo Mesto, the president of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference, participated in the laying of the foundation stone for the nation’s first mosque on September 14, according to a statement from the conference. Bishop Glavan called the mosque a “symbol of the opening of the Slovenian society, but also a symbol of commitment to future generations to live in dialogue, mutual respect and friendship.” The bishop “also expressed the desire that Christians in the Muslim world could enjoy the same mode of religious liberty,” according to the conference. The nation’s bishops have found in Slovenia’s leading Muslim...
  • Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka make history in the Vatican

    09/29/2013 8:03:20 PM PDT · by haffast · 25 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 09/29/2013 | Gerard O’Connell
    Never before in the history of Christian-Jewish relations have a Pope and a Rabbi celebrated their friendship by living in the Vatican together for several days, sharing all meals, including on two Jewish festivals and the Sabbath at which the Rabbi said prayers in Hebrew, and discussing what more they can do together to promote dialogue and peace in the world. That is what actually happened over the past four days at the Vatican guesthouse (Santa Marta) where Pope Francis lives and where his friend from Buenos Aires, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, has been his guest from September 25 to this...
  • Pope Francis helps provide mooncakes for 10,500 prisoners in Hong Kong

    09/20/2013 6:21:42 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 09/18/2013 | gerard o'connell
    More than 10,000 prisoners in Hong Kong will receive mooncakes on China’s Moon Festival, which this year falls on September 19, thanks also to the interest of Pope Francis in them. He not only endorsed this year’s Catholic initiative to provide mooncakes to the prisoners, he also gave a symbolic sum of money and, importantly too, encouraged the Catholic faithful in Hong Kong diocese to donate to the initiative. The Pope came to know about the project thanks to Cardinal Joseph Zen, the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong. He told me that he wrote to Pope Francis after the World...
  • Pope celebrates Ramadan with call for mutual respect between Muslims and Christians

    08/11/2013 4:33:18 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 143 replies
    PP Simmons ^ | Sunday, August 11, 2013 | PP Simmons
    Pope Francis on Sunday urged Christians and Muslims to promote mutual respect , especially through the education of new generations. His remarks came at the end of his Angelus address when he sent greetings to Muslims throughout the world who have just celebrated the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Text from page of the Vatican Radio website
  • US State Department creates office ‘to engage with’ world’s religious communities (Kerry)

    08/08/2013 7:46:49 PM PDT · by haffast · 19 replies
    CWN ^ | August 08, 2013 | CWN
    Secretary of State John Kerry has announced the creation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, whose mission, he said, is “to engage more closely with faith communities around the world, with the belief that we need to partner with them to solve global challenges.” “There is common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, and, in fact, between the Abrahamic faiths and all religions and philosophies, whether you’re talking about Hindu or Confucianism or any other of the many of the world’s different approaches to our existence here on the planet and to our relationship with a supreme being,” said Kerry....
  • Pope Francis shakes up Catholic Church (Brazil)

    07/24/2013 8:51:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Deutsche Well ^ | 24.07.2013 | Astrid Prange / sst
    Many Catholics hope Pope Francis will strengthen laymen and women in church, who have been taking on responsibilities of priests in some rural areas. That might trigger a revolution, experts say. The Catholic Church in Latin America has a way of dealing with contradictions: Instead of discussing whether women should be allowed to be ordained to the priesthood or debating the celibate, laymen go ahead and create precedents in their religious communities. They've come up with new forms of church services - services without a priest. Hopes are high during this year's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro that...
  • We need to grow in understanding of Muslims, English bishop says

    07/19/2013 4:35:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 52 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Friday, 19 July 2013 | Staff Reporter
    Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton has written a pastoral letter urging Catholics in his diocese to reach out to Muslims. In the letter he quoted from the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on non-Christian religions, Nostra Aetate, which said: “The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions.” Bishop Conry wrote: “These words and sentiments are very important for our time, when latent suspicions and hostility can easily be brought to the surface again by tragic events like the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.” He continued: “I am writing this on the...
  • Op-Ed: Not the Same God

    07/12/2013 3:31:02 PM PDT · by haffast · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva7 - Israel National News ^ | Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 7:55 AM | Tabitha Korol
    It was not so long ago, in 2008, that Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, welcomed Islam into the United Kingdom. He now speaks of having to adapt further to the growing Muslim population, now numbering two million, with 85 Islamic courts in the UK, where women are unequal to men and remain unprotected from the violence of their fathers and husbands. At least one cleric, Suhaib Hasan, is advocating stoning and amputation (one more adaptation to national acceptance of One Law for All). Apparently, English law has already evolved and adopted some aspects of Sharia law, yet Williams...
  • We must be ‘united in our differences’, Pope says as he bestows palliums on archbishops

    06/30/2013 7:42:30 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    CatholicHerald.UK ^ | Sunday, 30 June 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Every bishop is called to be “a servant of communion” working tirelessly to overcome divisions so that differences become a treasure and not a source of conflict, Pope Francis has said. The Christian community should be “like a great mosaic in which every small piece joins with others as part of God’s one great plan”, the Pope said yesterdat as he celebrated the feast of Ss Peter and Paul and bestowed the pallium on 34 archbishops from 19 countries. snip Pope Francis said that when he gave the archbishops their palliums as a sign of communion, it was not a...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: Israel the center of the world

    06/27/2013 6:32:03 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 27, 2013, 3:21 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Israel is the center of the world “in so many ways,” the archbishop of Canterbury said Thursday in Jerusalem. He stressed Israel’s legitimacy and right to security, and also spoke, in the context of persecution of Christians by Islamists in the Middle East, about the Christian imperative to “love our enemies.” It was his maiden visit to the region since being appointed to one of the highest positions in the Protestant Church. The Most Reverend Justin Welby, who has a Jewish father, is the leader of the Church of England and of 80 million Anglicans worldwide. He was enthroned in...
  • Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee holds meeting in Rome

    06/26/2013 10:11:26 PM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | Vatican Radio | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) The Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee held its 19th Meeting in Rome, on June 18th and 19th, presided over for the Catholic side by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and presided over for the Muslim side by Prof. Hamid bin Ahmad Al-¬Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue. The theme of the meeting was ‘Believers confronting materialism and secularism in society’ and at the conclusion of the meeting the Catholic and Muslim delegations agreed upon the following six points: 1) Christianity and Islam affirm the inseparability and complementarity between the material and...
  • London celebrates ‘mini Assisi’

    06/26/2013 9:14:30 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 24 June 2013 | The Tablet
    An interfaith gathering in London to pray for peace has been pronounced a welcome first by the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. The event, held at Westminster Cathedral Hall on 13 June, was the highlight of a four-day visit by the cardinal, who told The Tablet that the gathering was uniquely British and "beautiful". The London gathering was inspired by the Day of Prayer for Peace convened by Pope John Paul II in 1986 at Assisi. Representatives of nine religions delivered prayers and reflections in their own tradition, then placed a pot of white...
  • Fight Against Secularism Unites Jews, Catholics, Pope Says

    06/25/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 06/25/2013 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    VATICAN CITY — Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person, Pope Francis told representatives of Judaism in a Vatican audience. “Humanity needs our joint witness in favor of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God and in favor of peace, which is, above all, God’s gift,” the Bishop of Rome told members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations June 24. “Friendly relations are, in a way, the basis for the development of a more official dialogue,” he...
  • Cardinal Dolan makes first visit to NYC mosque, meets with Staten Island Muslim leaders

    06/24/2013 4:50:01 PM PDT · by haffast · 24 replies
    Staten Island Advance ^ | updated June 20, 2013 at 6:33 AM | Maura Grunlund
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, made his first visit to a mosque in New York City and it was the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville where he met with Muslim and other faith leaders. The cardinal spent more than two hours touring the mosque and the Miraj Islamic School and having lunch with about 40 clergy and laity. "I thank God that this day has arrived," the cardinal said. "I thank you for your welcome, I thank you for making me feel like a friend and a member of a family." The...
  • 2 popes praying: Egyptian Copt and Pope Francis

    05/10/2013 4:50:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-10-2013 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two popes prayed together Friday at the Vatican, one Catholic and one Orthodox, in a sign of improving ties following the election of new leaders for both churches. Pope Francis welcomed the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, in the first such meeting at the Vatican in 40 years, saying his visit "strengthens the bonds of friendship and brotherhood" between the two churches. The Coptic and Catholic churches split in the fifth century over theocratic differences. Christians comprise about 10 percent of Egypt's population. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt counts...
  • Quo Vadis? Islam and Ecumenism?

    03/27/2013 7:40:56 AM PDT · by marcbold · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3-26-13 | Patrick Archbold
    Ecumenism is a hot topic right now, particularly dialogue with Islam. But whenever I consider dialogue and ecumenism with Islam I always come back to one question. What is the point? By this question, I don't intend sarcastic commentary that any and all dialogue is fruitless. I mean it at face value. To measure the success of any endeavor, you must know what it is we wish to achieve by it. So what do we hope to achieve with better dialogue with Islam? First, may I suggest that it is not possible to have fruitful dialogue with Islam itself, but...
  • "The Church universal needs Anglicans" - Pope Francis

    03/15/2013 5:43:01 AM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    Anglican Communion News Service ^ | March 14, 2013 12:01 AM | ACNS staff
    The new Pope has reportedly said the Church universal needs Anglicans and that the Ordinariate is "quite unnecessary". In a note released after the election of the first ever pontiff from Latin America, the Anglican Bishop of Argentina and former Primate of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone, the Rt Revd Greg Venables said Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was "an inspired choice". "Many are asking me what is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written. "I have been with him on...
  • Why the new pope matters to Jews

    03/14/2013 5:44:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 9 replies ^ | March 13, 2013 | Rabbi Abraham Cooper
    There are an estimated 2 billion Christians in the world led by a variety of religious leaders from Patriarchs to Metropolitans, and for many Protestant denominations, the World Council of Churches. Yet for World Jewry, there is but one Christian leader who has counted the most: The pope. In the tumultuous 20th Century what popes said and did not say to and about Jews impacted directly on the destiny of the Jewish people. In 1904, Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism asked Pope Pius X to endorse the Jewish people’s return to the Holy Land. “We are unable to...
  • ADL Congratulates New Pope Francis

    03/14/2013 5:03:41 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:45pm EDT | PRNewswire-USNewswire
    NEW YORK, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the next Pope Francis. Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued the following statement: We congratulate the new Pope and wish him well in his important new responsibility. We believe that the election of Francis I is a significant moment in the history of the Church. We look forward to working with him to continue to foster Catholic-Jewish relations as we have with his predecessors. There is much in his record that reassures us about the future. Under...
  • Protestant Denominations, Catholics Sign Ecumenical ‘Mutual Recognition of Baptism’ Agreement

    02/24/2013 11:55:01 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 155 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | January 30, 2013 | Heather Clark
    Austin, Texas – Leaders from several Protestant denominations met with representatives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last night to sign an ecumenical document agreeing to recognize each other’s baptisms. The document, entitled “These Living Waters: Common Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Baptism,” has been approximately four years in the making. The Presbyterian Church USA was reportedly the first to deliberate the move, followed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.“The Common Agreement affirms that both Catholic and Reformed Christians hold that baptism is the sacramental bond of unity for the Body of Christ, which is to be performed...
  • The Assent Owed to Vatican II (Catholic Caucus)

    12/02/2011 2:59:57 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 2, 2011 | Jeff Mirus
    From Our Store: Essays in Apologetics, Volume I (eBook) What is finally emerging as the sticking point between the Vatican and the Society of Saint Pius X is the question of the assent owed to the Second Vatican Council. This is now the subject of an important essay in L’Osservatore Romano by one of the key negotiators for the Vatican, the vicar general of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocariz. Note that there is a link to the full text at the end of our news story, which itself includes substantial quotations.I hate to say I told you so, but Msgr. Ocariz...
  • Orthodox Archbishop: We're Internally Divided on Question of 'Primacy'

    09/30/2011 7:59:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/30/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 30, 2011 / 12:51 am (CNA).- A leading Russian Orthodox official says the Eastern Orthodox churches have yet to resolve the question of authority among themselves, a condition for future progress on the issue of the papacy. “I would say that there are certain divergences, and there are different positions, of the Orthodox churches on the question of the primacy,” said Metropolitan Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, in a Vatican Radio interview following his Sept. 29 meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo. “As we...
  • That Martin Luther? He wasn’t so bad, says Pope Benedict

    08/02/2011 8:54:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Times Online ^ | 03/2008 | Richard Owen in Rome
    Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices. Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic. Cardinal Walter Kasper, the head of the pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the move would help...
  • Brooklyn Hasid charged with felony hate crime after attacking 'f---ing Arabs' living next door

    06/28/2011 11:44:48 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 62 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, June 28th 2011 | Rocco Parascandola, Kerry Burke and Bill Hutchinson
    A boozy Brooklyn man was hit with hate crime charges Sunday for pouring beer on a newlywed neighbor, calling her an "Arab terrorist" and pummeling her husband, police sources said. Following the seemingly unprovoked attack Saturday night in Mill Basin, Simchon Schwartz, 46, hid in a local synagogue and tried to fight off cops when they came to arrest him, sources said. The Hasid even kicked out a window of a police cruiser as he sat inside, whining that "the cuffs are too tight," a source said. "F---ing Arabs! F---ing terrorists!" Schwartz screamed when he grabbed his neighbor, Selda Turan,...
  • Russian Orthodox leadership proposes alliance with Catholics

    03/26/2011 4:26:43 AM PDT · by dangus
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | March 24/26, 2011 | Yelena Yakovleva, Rossiyskaya Gazeta
    The Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church should accept each other not as rivals, but first and foremost as allies, working to protect the rights of Christians, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the ROC’s Department for External Church Relations in a speech at an international meeting of Christians in Wurzburg, Germany. "The future of Christianity in the third millennium depends on the joint efforts of the Orthodox believers and Catholics,’’ Hilarion said. Bishop Hilarion later expanded on his statement: “The idea of a strategic alliance with the Catholics is an old idea of mine. It came...
  • Pope-patriarch meeting? Time seems right, but nothing on the horizon (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    02/27/2011 4:53:00 PM PST · by Celtic Cross · 3 replies
    The Pilot ^ | Posted: 2/25/2011 | By Paul De Maeyer
    ROME ( -- "Welcome, Mr. President, this meeting of ours is very important," Benedict XVI told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Feb. 17 when the president visited the pope in the Vatican. These words underscore something of the visit's significance, Medvedev's first after the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Russia. It was at their first meeting in December 2009 that the president and pope agreed to upgrade existing ties to the level of full diplomatic relations. The customary press release from the Vatican's press office described Thursday's meeting in positive terms: "In the course of the...
  • St Francis and the Sultan

    06/26/2009 2:03:35 PM PDT · by bronxville · 6 replies · 675+ views
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 26 June 2009 | Jonathan Wright
    St Francis and the Sultan: the making of a pious myth Jonathan Wright on a wonderful book that explains how a legendary meeting was reinterpreted over eight centuries 26 June 2009 St Francis of Assisi: His trip to Egypt became one of the centrepieces of Franciscan hagiography In September 1219, as yet another crusade was raging, Francis of Assisi popped across the military lines in order to talk with Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil of Egypt. We have no accurate idea of why he went or what was said but, in an important sense, this doesn't much matter. Here was a legendary...
  • Ecumenicals: Christian Unity Not About Mere Friendliness

    01/18/2011 10:38:25 AM PST · by wmfights · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 18, 2011 | Audrey Barrick
    Churches around the world kicked off on Tuesday The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. And ecumenical leaders are emphasizing that the week is "not just a nice occasion for friends to gather." Rather, "it is a time to give thanks to God for the gift and promise of unity, to be renewed in our ecumenical resolve by the assurance of God’s leading, and to recommit ourselves to participate in what God is doing to overcome the barriers between God’s children," said the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches. Churches will be praying and...
  • German Ecumenism-Bishops Don't Want Dialogue with Traditionalists

    12/26/2010 4:14:28 PM PST · by 0beron · 3 replies | 11/26/2010 | Tancred
    Fr. Franz Schmidberger: Above all the old who continuously try to revive the promise of the "Spirit of the Council". That means that the Counciliar ideology will sooner or later become obsolete. [] The Christ Child is the King of all times and lands. This was what the German District Superior of the Society of St. Pius X,, Father Franz Schmidberger said this Holy Night in a video speech.
  • The UN Meddling with Religion, Part 6: UN Climate Conference (COP16) Cancun, Nov./Dec. 2010

    12/24/2010 1:16:47 PM PST · by mikalasukala · 3 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | December 11, 2010 | Consigliere5
    UN Climate Conference (COP16) Cancun, Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2010According to this page: COP16 is the official name of the Cancun summit, which is the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP is the highest body of the UNFCCC and comprises environment ministers from 192 countries who have met once a year since the 1992 Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro.Once again, the UN brought together many "faith traditions" in the spirit of Religious Syncretism and Interfaith Dreams. And. They. Just. Won't. Ever. Stop. Not until Christianity has...
  • Ecumenical Head, Pope to Meet for First Time

    12/04/2010 8:40:02 AM PST · by wmfights · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2010 | Brian Hutt
    Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to meet with the new general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the meeting at the Vatican, Tveit said he expected to discuss some of the challenges facing the global body of Christ, including ongoing efforts towards church unity and the plight of Christians in the Middle East. “It is important that we speak honestly in this meeting about the challenges we have,” Tveit said. “There are expectations for the ecumenical movement that have not been fulfilled, and there are tensions arising in...
  • Islamic Professor at Catholic University Sought by Police

    12/01/2010 2:13:19 AM PST · by 0beron · 8 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/01/2010 | Tancred
    Professor at the Catholic University of Munich is Sought by Police Germany. Sheich Abu Adam (40) who is the Egyptian Imam of the Darul Quran Mosque in Munich is alleged to have beaten one of his three wives so that she suffers from many bone breaks. This was according to the website of the 'Bayrischen Rundfunks'. The victim is 31 years old. She called the police by telephone. These came and freed the woman and brought her to the hospital. The Imam is wanted for the charge of causing dangerous physical harm. He serves as the well regarded guest of...
  • This Identity is Self-Awareness: A Study of Ecumenism and Novelty

    11/28/2010 8:42:44 PM PST · by 0beron · 2+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/28/2010 | Tancred
    Through all epochs the Catholic Church and only the Catholic Church shows itself to be the Church of Christ. by Doctor Wolfgang Schüler Personified Representation of Mother Church ( Communion-Ecclesiology of the early Church -- so far as I see -- never answered the question if the Church of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church are one and the same. Because this identity is self-evident to it.
  • The Southern Baptist Convention and the Issue of Interdenominational Relationships

    11/19/2010 3:02:00 PM PST · by wmfights · 12 replies
    Albert Mohler Blog ^ | July 16, 2009 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    Southern Baptists stand unalterably opposed to any ecumenical or interchurch union not based upon common convictions and practices drawn from the teachings of the Bible. That is, Southern Baptists will not negotiate a union that would violate our understandings of regenerate church membership, local church autonomy, free church polity, the ordinances, etc. Southern Baptists are nevertheless committed to the unity of the churches—but this is a spiritual union until such time as others convince us that we are in error, or join us on the basis of common conviction. Though opposed to movements toward federation or organic union, Southern Baptists...
  • Relativism Promoted by German Diocoese in Children's Literature

    11/04/2010 12:03:10 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/02/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: Reminds us of the old saying, "we'll get to you through your children", or the Jesuit adage, "give us a boy till seven, and I'll show you the man" The following was translated from the website, "The Catholic Church in Germany" put out by the German Bishops, thank you very little. It's a children's book which features a visit by two friends of different confessional backgrounds to each others churches. Lena is Protestant. She and Laura are good friends. Last Sunday Lena asked: "Would you like to go with me to Protestant Service?" And Laura said yes. There was...
  • Cardinal Koch says, "German Politicians Have Fearfully Underestimated Islam-Problem

    10/29/2010 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 0beron · 14 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/29/2010 | Tancred
    The Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch is the new Official heading the Vatican Office for Ecumenism. A discussion about Christian in the Holy Land, Minarets in Europe and the current Islam-Debate. Rome ( As the successor of the Curial Cardinal, Walter Kasper, the former Basel Archbishop Kurt Koch will become the next President for the Papal Adviser for the Promotion of the Unity of Christians -- a kind of "ecumenical minister" of the Vatican. Koch was born in 1950 in Emmenbrucke in the Canton of Luzern. As his first challenge was a two week Synod in the Vatican on the situation...
  • Cardinal Schönborn Would like "Structural Reform" in the Church

    10/15/2010 7:47:03 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/15/2010 | Tancred
    Vienna's Archbishop at the Diocesean Meeting: Perhaps in the last years we have been too afraid to accept new forms of cooperation in promotion and management of the direction of communities. Community direction by the laity -- New: Now with POLL! [There's an internet probably can't vote on whether or not the Church should allow birth cotrol or not, yet... Editor: Go down and vote on the poll if you want. The question is: What do you say about the ideas of Cardinal Schoenborn? Yes, I think they're good. I don't care NO, I don't find them so grand!...
  • Turkey: Bartholomew I. Sees Hope for Patriarchate: And Reunion

    10/12/2010 12:39:22 PM PDT · by 0beron · 9 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/12/2010 | Tancred
    Patriarch Bartholomaios I hopes for the re-opening of the Seminary of Chalki by 2011 -- 15 Diaspora-Metropolitans of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including Metropolitan Staikos of Austria, have Turkish citizenship. Constantinople ( Bartholomaios I, Greek-Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, sees signs for an improvement of the situation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. In an interview with "Kathpress" on Monday afternoon in the Phanar in Istanbul he said, it is very certain, that the Seminary in Chalki will be reopened in 2011. Bartholomew referred to the most recent address of the Turkish Vice Prime minister Bülent Arinc, who had explained in...
  • Society St. Pius X Will Celebrate Mass at Lisieux Basilica

    10/01/2010 7:43:10 PM PDT · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/01/2010 | Tancred
    Different Bishop, different morals: In the last years the Society of Pius X has celebrated with thousands of faithful in open air High Masses behind the Basilica of Lisieux. Tomorrow the Faithful may use the Basilica. [, Lisieux]Tomorrow afternoon the Society of Saint Pius X will celebrate the Old Rite in the Basilica of St. Lisieux. The Society has published this on their French Website. The yearly pilgrimage on foot to Liseux was organized from the Priory of the Society in the village Gavrus in Normandy.
  • The Future of Christian Unity

    09/25/2010 6:38:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    CE ^ | September 25, 2010 | Gail Finke
    In separate diplomatic but stern warnings this month, the Orthodox and Catholic Churches addressed the Archbishop of Canterbury in his own palace and told him that the future of Christianity in Europe will not be a half-hearted, vague sentiment that accommodates itself to the mores of the time, but a vigorous and bold faith that stands for Christ and against the errors and whims of the age.The first salvo came from Russia, when Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow PatriarchateÂ’s Department for External Church Relations, spoke at the annual dinner meeting of the ironically named Nicean Club.After reminding...
  • Cardinal Kasper Admonishes Germans to Obey Holy Father

    09/13/2010 4:26:59 PM PDT · by 0beron · 3 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/13/2010 | Tancred
    [Vatican] Germans must have more respect for "their" Pope, hear [obey] and try to understand him. With these words Walter Cardinal Kasper admonished his countrymen from Bishops to Theologians, from Priests to simple believers. In an interview with the German weekly Focus he noted, that abroad "many shake their heads about the manner and fashion, with which Germans handle the Pope from their own homeland." A few days before the begin of the State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Great Britain and his Pastoral trip to Scotland and England the German Curia Cardinal warned of an "aggressive atheism" in...
  • 80 Hosts Stolen from Austrian Church

    09/01/2010 1:08:27 PM PDT · by 0beron · 11 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/01/2010 | Tancred
    The stealing of the host is supposedly comparable with the willful destruction of a Tora-roll or the desecration of a graveyard. [ Graz] Unknown persons have damaged more churches in the Austrian Diocese of Graz-Seckau. This was according to the Press Office of the Diocese today. The media has regarded this crime with indifference. The press text in the main speaks of "more disturbances and defacement of Catholic churches."
  • A Destroyer of the Faith Leaves the Curia

    08/24/2010 3:06:05 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/24/2010 | Tancred
    "Porous, ambiguous, deceptive", the famous Mainz Canon Lawyer, Father Georg May, let loose a scathing condemnation on the departing president of the Vatican Office for Unity. [] "In the era of Kasper the extraction of the knowledge of the faith by Catholic Christians was expedited." Mainz canon lawyer, Father Georg May, said this for the Catholic Monthly 'Kirchliche Umschau' about the new President Emeritus of the Papal Office for Unity, Walter Cardinal Kasper (77).
  • Pro-life Hero, Protestant Minister to Catholic Priest: Fr. Paul Schenck

    06/16/2010 4:37:14 AM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies · 158+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/16/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I had the privilege of being part of Church history on Saturday, June 12, 2010. My friend of many years, former Protestant minister and Pro-Life hero, Paul Schenck, was ordained as a Priest of the Catholic Church. My history with Fr. Paul Schenck goes back decades. ...It was against this background that I traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this past weekend; to rejoice with my long time friend at the goodness of the Lord in calling him. He was ordained a deacon six months ago. With a dispensation from Rome waiving the celibacy requirement, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood...