News in Ecumenism

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.

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

by: Kingsley Karunaratne, Colombo-UCANews in Ecumenism,

Venerable Wimalarathana Thera attempted to build interreligious harmony in post-civil war Sri Lanka. He was also the vice president of the Congress of Religions, a body of national religious leaders.Retired Archbishop Oswald Gomis, a member of the Congress of Religions, said that Venerable Wimalarathana Thera was associated with good number of Catholic priests, Anglican ministers and also Muslims and Hindus.

 


Relics of St Thomas Becket discovered in Italy

Relics of St Thomas Becket discovered in Italy

by: Christopher Wells - Vatican News in Ecumenism,

The town of Mottola in Italy has re-discovered relics of its patron saint, Thomas Becket. The martyrdom of St Thomas Becket in his cathedral at Canterbury shocked the Christian world in the Middle Ages. Immediately after his death, miracles began occurring at his tomb, and the English Archbishop soon became one of the most popular saints in the Church. 

The Strange Death of Protestant Britain

The Strange Death of Protestant Britain

by: Ian Bradley - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

There are almost certainly more Catholics than Anglicans in England, and more Catholics than Presbyterians in Scotland, attending church on a Sunday morning. Protestantism has become an anachronistic if not a dirty word. Archbishop Justin Welby, a figure on the Evangelical wing of the Church of England, has said that he would prefer not to describe himself as a “Protestant”.

Christmas in the Koran — how Maryam gave birth to Jesus under a date palm

Christmas in the Koran — how Maryam gave birth to Jesus under a date palm

by: Sameer Rahim - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

The Koran says that Mary, a young virgin, is told by God she will produce a “pure son.” When the birth pangs come she retires to a palm tree. Suffering alone (Joseph is not mentioned), God tells her to shake the tree, from which fresh dates fall. Again there is a parallel: in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, when the holy family stops off on the way to Egypt.

Russian Orthodox bishop visits apostolic nuncio in Tokyo

Russian Orthodox bishop visits apostolic nuncio in Tokyo

by: ucanews.com reporter, Tokyo in Ecumenism,
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visited the Apostolic Nunciature Nov. 8 where he talked with nuncio Archbishop Joseph Chennoth. Metropolitan Hilarion was accompanied by two Orthodox clerics, officials from the metropolitan's office and the Russian embassy.