India, as a nation, goes through a critical time in history when its religious minorities are badly needed by its majority community — the Hindus. The major religious minorities — Muslims and Christians — have a vital role to play in helping guard against excessive religious and cultural nationalism.
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'A genuinely loved friend, and brother in priestly and episcopal ministry'. Rowan Williams recalls a professional and personal relationship forged over more than four decades of ecumenical endeavour.
A revival in pilgrimage is bringing the prospect of environmental and ecumenical opportunities to Canterbury and beyond
Indeed the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, the Anglican Bishop of Dover has said that, ‘Pilgrimage is not just about getting from A to B, but about the invitation to accept encounters; encounters with oneself, with others, with God and with the environment.’ This openness to encounter others is particularly represented in an ecumenical collaboration between the Church of England’s Diocese of Canterbury and the Catholic Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate.
An audio interview with Rev Ravi Holy, presented by Damian Thompson.
The Catholic community of this small Normandy town has been indelibly marked by the assassination. But, perhaps paradoxically, it has also brought Christians and Muslims together. “The terrorists wanted to divide us, but they haven’t succeeded, it has had the opposite effect. There are also positive consequences," said Abdelkader, a 42-year-old Muslim.
Cardinal Tagle wants Muslim-Christian unity amid Marawi conflict Attempts by Islamic State-inspired terrorists to make conflict look religious will fail, he says Cardinal Tagle wants Muslim-Christian unity amid Marawi conflict.
The Synod of the Greek Catholic Melkite Church is meeting this week to elect a successor to Patriarch Gregory III Laham and put an end to a period of division. A year ago, a grave crisis shook the Greek Catholic Melkite Church, one of the largest Eastern Catholic churches. The Church has been in communion with Rome since the 18th century.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy commander of the Emirati military, said he ordered the change in a bid to build bridges with other religions. The name change to to “Mariam, Umm Eisa,” Arabic for “Mary, the mother of Jesus,” on Wednesday, would “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions,” he said, according to Gulf News.
Members of the Church of England’s General Synod, meeting in London this week, have backed a motion supporting further reconciliation between Catholic and reformed churches as Christians around the world commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.
February 26th. This afternoon Pope Francis became the first pontiff in history to visit the Anglican Church of All Saints in Rome, his diocese. During the encounter, the Holy Father joined Anglican faithful in celebrating vespers in a ceremony during which he also blessed an image of Christ the Saviour.
There is a direct parallel with the Japanese Christians understanding of God's love which means 'to hold dear' Representatives from the Buddhist, Shinto, and Catholic communities gather to discuss the concept of mercy during a symposium held last September at Kanazawa Church.
Pope Francis spoke of a shared journey of faith between Catholics and Anglicans during a meeting with the Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and other bishops of the Anglican Communion, on Oct. 6 at the Vatican.
The monk has been imprisoned three times for a total of 16 years for allegedly opposing the Vietnamese regime and undermining national unity. Church observers say after Lien Tri Pagoda, the government plans to remove a Catholic church and convent the only two religious facilities that remain in the area.
"This is the spirit that animates us: to bring about encounters through dialogue, and to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism." Declaretion of Assisi, a common call from representatives of many religious traditions.
Belfast’s Church of Ireland cathedral has appointed a Catholic priest to its Cathedral Chapter for the first time in its history. Belfast’s history of sectarian violence makes this latest appointment particularly important.
The Orthodox Church has held its first Holy and Great Council in over 1,200 years. If its hierarchs want it to be a success, they will have to follow up soon with another one. “Soon” is a relative term in the Orthodox Church, where ancient debates seem as if they took place yesterday, and preparations for this summit took 55 years before the gathering could open last week in western Crete.
All Christians share the mission of “the strengthening of solidarity among nations and peoples (and the) reinforcing of brotherhood and collaboration.” The catholicos warned of modern attacks on the faith, including a selfish lack of concern for “those who long for daily bread and are in pain and suffering,” as well as other “economic, political, social, environmental” problems.