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  • BREAKING: Pope takes major step toward formal heresy

    "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial or even heretical. But there is someone who knows that despite our differences we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he that is persecuting Christians today; he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom, knows that Christians are disciples of Christ. That we are one, that we are brothers! He doesn't care if they are Evangelicals, Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic. He doesn't care! They are Christians."
  • Pope Francis Says the Devil Is Keeping Evangelicals and Catholics Divided: 'We Are One'

    05/26/2015 1:02:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/26/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis has said that it's the devil himself who keeps evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations divided, and rejected the notion that it's heretical to believe that all Christians are one. "Division is the work of the 'Father of Lies,' 'the Father of Discord,' who does everything possible to keep us divided," Francis said in a video message to a gathering sponsored by the John 17 Movement, according to Catholic Herald. "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps," he added. "But there is someone who 'knows' that, despite our differences, we are...
  • Pope Francis and the Copts Blood and ecumenism

    02/18/2015 6:33:55 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 2/17/15 | B.C.
    IT IS an almost provocative way of looking at things, but one that the pope has adopted several times. It came up yesterday when he was speaking to a delegation from Scotland about the 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who were recently murdered by Islamist terrorists. According to Vatican Radio, he said: The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard...It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. Today the pope followed this by...
  • Searching for a Bible-believing Church in the Fort Worth Area

    02/08/2015 5:22:25 AM PST · by fwdude · 186 replies
    February 8, 2015 | fwdude
    With the appalling apostasy, both overt and subtle, engulfing many evangelical churches in these last days, I have found myself in search of a truly Bible-believing church body that is serious about the Truth taught by God through Jesus Christ. To be specific, these are the things I am trying to avoid: - The cultish "mega-church" mentality (though size doesn't not necessarily disqualify an otherwise orthodox church culture) - Any sympathy, working agreement, or tacit acknowledgement of any Christian legitimacy with Rome. - The hyper "grace only" heresy of the need just to "believe on Jesus Christ," nothing else matters...
  • Rick Warren And Catholics Together

    12/12/2014 8:42:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 71 replies
    The Heidelblog ^ | December 10, 2014 | R. Scott Clark
    Darryl Hart has a thought-provoking post today on Rick Warren’s recent comments about what Rome and Protestants have in common. Warren’s comments are a sterling reminder of the importance of knowing our church history. Yes, Christians of all the major traditions receive the biblical and catholic truths of the Holy Trinity and the two natures of Christ. Yes, confessional Protestants are committed to the protection of unborn humans and the affirmation of a creational order for sex and marriage—is Pope Francis committed to the latter?—but we share these commitments with Mormons, Jews, and even some atheists.  Obviously, these concerns, as...
  • Rick Warrens Call for Christians to Unite With Holy Father Raising Concerns [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 1:36:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 73 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/02/2014 | Heather Clark
    In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and Pope Francis, who Warren recently referred to as the Holy Fathera move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent. Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the Complementarity of Man and Woman....
  • Pope Francis against common Eucharistic celebrations with Protestants

    12/01/2014 4:29:18 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 137 replies
    KathNet ^ | December 1, 2014 | Pope Francis
    (Google Translate)(Full Speech below) Vatican City (kath.net/KAP/red) Francis Pope has spoken out against a common celebration of the Eucharist by Catholics and Protestants. "If we have to hide our Eucharistic faith under the pretext of a certain accommodation by, then we take our own treasure neither nor our interlocutor seriously enough," he said on Monday in front of the Swiss bishops at the Vatican. In ecumenical dialogue, the bishops should make sure that the believers of all faiths could live their faith "unambiguous and free of confusion" and "without the differences at the expense of truth wegzuretuschieren". At the same...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • Where Fundamentalists Are Right: 5 Things Catholics Need to Take Seriously Again

    11/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PST · by millegan · 240 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Brantly Millegan
    The term fundamentalist is a pejorative term today, used to label someone the speaker believes is an irrational religious extremist of some kind. But a hundred years ago, the term was taken as a badge of honor by theologically conservative Protestants to distinguish themselves from liberal Protestantism. While liberal Protestants in mainline denominations were denying basic Christian teachings like the authority of the Bible and the bodily resurrection of Jesus, conservative Protestants called for going back to the fundamentals of the faith hence the term. There are obviously a lot of issues on which Catholics and fundamentalists disagree, but...
  • Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

    09/20/2014 10:01:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2014 | Llazar Semini
    DERVEN, Albania (AP) The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. Pope Francis will highlight this interfaith harmony when he makes a one-day trip to the Balkan nation on Sunday, holding it up as a model...
  • Committee says church remains committed to dialogue with Muslims, others

    08/21/2014 10:10:41 AM PDT · by scouter · 19 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 8/20/2014 | Catholic News Service
    The U.S. bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs said the Catholic church remains committed to dialogue with leaders of other religions and Muslims in particular. ... "Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore. "We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims,...
  • Is the missio ad gentes still a priority for Pope Francis Church?

    08/02/2014 9:20:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    MondayVatican ^ | July 21, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper La Repubblica. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled Me and God, on his being a non-believer. The conversation published by La Repubblica on July 16 which was partly downplayed and its content clarified by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office also showed that what the secular press think about him is very close to Pope Francis heart. This is ultimately the original...
  • Pope Francis And Ecumenicide

    08/02/2014 12:23:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    restore dc catholicism ^ | 7/31/14 | restore dc catholicism
    Ecumenicide - any dialogue between Catholics and those of other faiths in which Catholics participate without the express purpose of converting those of other faiths to the Roman Catholic Church, that is, the One True Church. I cannot claim credit for coining that term. I saw that on the facebook wall of Pat Archibald, one of the bloggers of Creative Minority Report. It is a brilliant term and it is an accurate description of what politically correct Catholics do when they "dialog" with no intent of bringing others home to Rome. Here is a curious and telling post from Rorate...
  • A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI

    07/21/2007 6:19:13 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 48 replies · 1,534+ views
    My own work ^ | June 29, 2007 | Joseph Dwight
    The following article (with the university class reference documents) was written with the motive to help my sister and her husband, with seven children, to leave the traditionalist groups SSPX, SSPV and CMRI and to return to the one, true Catholic Church. If you want the reference documents (Ecclesiology.doc, Religious-Freedom.doc, Psy-Cult.doc and Subsists.doc), send an email to: josephdwight@hotmail.com; please specify if you want the documents in plain text format or MSWord format with the footnotes incorporated, or in one document all together in either format. A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI When I was younger my...
  • My Church Loyalties

    07/28/2014 3:10:13 PM PDT · by The Grammarian · 78 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 28 July 2014 | D. Stephen Long
    My church loyalties Why I am not yet a Catholic Jul 28, 2014 by D. Stephen Long In 2005, after Benedict XVI was elected pope, I wrote an essay for the Century titled In need of a pope? That essay cost me a job at a Protestant evangelical institution. A Catholic friend told me at the time that I should think of that result as a gracious preemptive strike. Since then I have repeatedly been asked, Why are you not Catholic? The main reason I am not (yet) Catholic and remain a Methodist and an ordained Methodist elder is that...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (thats us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (thats us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didnt work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • The Hermeneutic of...Oh I Give Up.

    07/12/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by Legatus · 228 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 07/11/14 | Patrick Archbold
    Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something. First Quote Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined): “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so...
  • 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, whos 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 Benedicts brothers 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 Slovenias 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 nations 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 nations bishops have found in Slovenias 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 OConnell
    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 Chinas Moon Festival, which this year falls on September 19, thanks also to the interest of Pope Francis in them. He not only endorsed this years 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 http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/11/pope_francis_greets_muslims_and_urges_both_christians_and_muslims_to/en1-718872 of the Vatican Radio website
  • US State Department creates office to engage with worlds 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 youre talking about Hindu or Confucianism or any other of the many of the worlds 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 Councils 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 Gods 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 Israels 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, Gods 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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 peoples 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 others 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 Agreementaffirms 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 wasnt 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 Schlerkreis 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 ROCs 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 (Zenit.org) -- "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...