News in Ecumenism

Anglican Centre appoints Interim Director

Anglican Centre appoints Interim Director

by: Rose Gamble-The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The Very Revd Dr John Shepherd will take on the role as the Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See, The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome announced on 8 January.

Jesus and Mary hold an honoured place in Islam

Jesus and Mary hold an honoured place in Islam

by: William Eichler - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Within the Islamic tradition, Jesus is part of a long line of prophets stretching all the way back to Abraham and forward to Muhammad, the last of God’s messengers. Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah) is for Muslims a bearer of revelation; a messenger of God whose role was to remind an erring humanity of what he had already told the Jewish people: there is no god but God.

A brief history of the Anglican Centre in Rome

A brief history of the Anglican Centre in Rome

by: Stephen Platten-The Tablet in Ecumenism,

This year's a perfect moment to ask that question, as we have celebrated, amongst other things, the canonisation of Pope Paul VI. For it was the chemistry between Giovanni Battista Montini and Michael Ramsey that set the Centre upon its continuing pilgrimage. In 1966 when Ramsey, as Archbishop of Canterbury, paid a momentous visit to the Holy Father. Six years earlier, Ramsey's predecessor, Geoffrey Fisher, had met with Pope John XXIII.

Vietnam interfaith gathering commemorates three ancestors

Vietnam interfaith gathering commemorates three ancestors

by: ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Ecumenism,

Participants in an interfaith gathering in Vietnam complimented religious leaders and Catholic intellectuals on their contributions to serving people. Some 300 leaders and followers from seven religions attended the annual interfaith gathering at the Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 27.

Catholic leader backs plans for Orthodox independence

Catholic leader backs plans for Orthodox independence

by: Jonathan Luxmoore - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The head of Ukraine's Greek Catholic church has endorsed calls for a single independent Orthodox church in his country, as Russian Orthodox leaders denounced a decree by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, recognising two breakaway communities and opening his own official mission in Kiev. 

Religious persecution 'worsening in Asia'

Religious persecution 'worsening in Asia'

by: Tibor Krausz, Bangkok - UCAN in Ecumenism,

UN expert warns that believers and minorities are facing increasing discrimination and violence. Religious freedoms are steadily being eroded across large parts of Asia and religious fundamentalism is on the rise, the United Nations' special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned.

An Anglican dad's attempts to guide an agnostic teenager towards confirmation

An Anglican dad's attempts to guide an agnostic teenager towards confirmation

by: Theo Hobson - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

My status as an Anglican Christian has just been tested. This test was on the cards. With grim inevitability, my son became a teenager. Could his mother and I persuade him to get confirmed? What would happen when the irresistible force of our religious parenting met the immovable object of our 14-year-old agnostic?

Softly, softly is the way to reconciliation between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches

Softly, softly is the way to reconciliation between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches

by: Michael Binyon - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Both Moscow and Rome should be satisfied at the outcome of the visit on 30 May to the Vatican by a delegation of senior figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. Pope Francis made it clear that he is still seeking closer and warmer relations with Russia, even at a time of growing East-West tensions, and is hoping for real co-operation with the powerful Russian church in the humanitarian field and in helping Christians who face persecution in the Middle East.

Pope proposes a “new ecumenical spring” at the World Council of Churches

Pope proposes a “new ecumenical spring” at the World Council of Churches

by: Christopher White-Catholic Voices in Ecumenism,

Pope Francis has relentlessly pursued joint ecumenical efforts with the hope of achieving Christian unity. For that reason, the very man who often avoids trips to centers of power made a special daylong “ecumenical pilgrimage” to Geneva, Switzerland o 21 June to mark the 70thanniversary of World Council of Churches (WCC).

Ramadan 2018: How Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

Ramadan 2018: How Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

by: Rozina Sabur - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

 As the holiest month of the year, it is a crucial period for practising Muslims and underpins some of the religion's core values, such as prayer and giving to charity. Overall Ramadan is a time for Muslims to exercise self-discipline and restraint both spiritually and physically, as well as empathising with the plight of the poor.

Pope to travel to Switzerland, visit World Council of Churches office

Pope to travel to Switzerland, visit World Council of Churches office

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Ecumenism,

 The visit to World Council of Churches (WCC) headquarters is believed to be the main focus of the one-day papal trip. The Vatican is expected to confirm the visit at a press conference on Friday when Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC secretary general, will highlight initiatives to mark the World Council of Church's 70th anniversary.

Deeper issues behind closing Holy Sepulcher

Deeper issues behind closing Holy Sepulcher

by: Christa Pongratz-Lippitt-La Croix International in Ecumenism,

Father Nikodemus Schnabel OSB, who also serves as spokesman for the Benedictines in Jerusalem, says the deeper reason behind the unprecedented action to close Christianity’s holiest site was to preserve the vision and nature of Jerusalem as a holy place for all believers.

Muslim Leaders and Vatican put Faith in Dialogue

Muslim Leaders and Vatican put Faith in Dialogue

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The Austrian summit of religious leaders was organised by the Vienna-based KAICIID centre (King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) established by Saudi Arabia and with the Holy See, Austria and Spain as founder members. Its board comprises members from all the major religions.

Search for the Promised Land: Zionism and the Church.

Search for the Promised Land: Zionism and the Church.

by: Gavin D'Costa - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

As the head of the Church, said Pope Pius X in 1904, I cannot tell you anything different. The Jewish religion was superseded by the teachings of Christ, and we cannot concede it any further validity.” This was the standard Catholic view. But what if the Church were to deem Judaism “valid”? 

Hindu attacks on Christians double in India

Hindu attacks on Christians double in India

by: Saji Thomas, Bhopal - UCANews in Ecumenism,

Hindu attacks on Christians in India have doubled in the past year as part of an unprecedented trend to portray Christians as acting against the state, its religious tolerance and national ethos, according to a newly released report. The country recorded 736 incidents of attacks against Christians in 2017 against 348 in 2016.

Hindu hardliners attack Indian Christian schools

Hindu hardliners attack Indian Christian schools

by: Saji Thomas, Bhopal - UCANews in Ecumenism,

Christian leaders see the trend as part of a Hindu strategy to portray Christians as lawbreakers who do not respect Indian traditions. Militants have alleged that Hindu students, who are a majority at church-run schools, are not able to worship the goddess of learning, Saraswati.