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Archbishop of Canterbury to lunch with Pope Francis today.

Archbishop of Canterbury to lunch with Pope Francis today.

by: Christopher Lamb-The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The Archbishop of Canterbury will meet and have lunch with Pope Francis today, in what will be the pair’s fourth meeting together in in the Vatican. Archbishop Justin Welby travelled to Rome to formally commission his new Personal Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, which took place during evensong last night. 

Critical time in history for Muslims and Christians in India

Critical time in history for Muslims and Christians in India

by: M.P. Raju, New Delhi - UCANews in Ecumenism,

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.

 A revival in pilgrimage is bringing the prospect of environmental and ecumenical opportunities to Canterbury and beyond

A revival in pilgrimage is bringing the prospect of environmental and ecumenical opportunities to Canterbury and beyond

by: Jennifer Ross - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

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. 

How a murdered French priest has united Catholics and Muslims

How a murdered French priest has united Catholics and Muslims

by: La Croix International - Julien Duriez (in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray) in Ecumenism,

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.

Queen’s former chaplain leads vicar rebellion over gay marriage

Queen’s former chaplain leads vicar rebellion over gay marriage

by: Camilla Turner - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,
The Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden, who until earlier this year was one of the special chaplains to the Queen, has warned of the prospect of a “declaration of independence” from vicars who feel that those with traditional views are being “marginalised” by the Church establishment.
Unsettled Melkite Church prepares to elect new patriarch

Unsettled Melkite Church prepares to elect new patriarch

by: Marie Malzac - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

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. 

UAE Names Abu Dhabi Mosque After Mary, Mother of Jesus

UAE Names Abu Dhabi Mosque After Mary, Mother of Jesus

by: Jack Moore - Newsweek15 June 2017 in Ecumenism,

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.

Church of England Synod backs further reconciliation with Catholics

Church of England Synod backs further reconciliation with Catholics

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

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.

Pope’s historic visit to “All Saints” Anglican Church in Rome

Pope’s historic visit to “All Saints” Anglican Church in Rome

by: News.va in Ecumenism,

 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. 

Considering Mercy among Japan's Buddhist, Shinto and Catholic faiths

Considering Mercy among Japan's Buddhist, Shinto and Catholic faiths

by: ucanews.com reporter, Tokyo in Ecumenism,

 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 and Archbishop Welby sign Common Declaration

Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby sign Common Declaration

by: Vatican News in Ecumenism,
Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Wednesday presided at the celebration of Vespers in the Rome church of St Gregory on the Caelian Hill to mark the 50th anniversary of Anglican-Catholic relations. During the liturgy the two leaders signed a common declaration and sent out on mission together 19 pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from countries around the world.
Buddhist monks evicted from their pagoda in Vietnam

Buddhist monks evicted from their pagoda in Vietnam

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

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.

Appeal for Peace from Assisi

Appeal for Peace from Assisi

by: Dr. Robert Moynihan in Ecumenism,

 "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.