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Ramadan 2019: Fasting, prayer and how Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

Ramadan 2019: Fasting, prayer and how Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

by: Rozina Sabur - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims across the globe and throughout the UK endure a period of daily fasting – the largest act of religious observance of its kind. For the Britain's 3.1 million-strong Muslim community, the annual event represents a time to fast and devote a particular focus to prayer, purification and charitable acts.

Former Anglican vicar is ordained as Catholic priest

Former Anglican vicar is ordained as Catholic priest

by: Keith Morris - Catholic Diocese of East Anglia in Ecumenism,

Australian former Anglican vicar, Dcn Sam Randall, was ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Friday March 15. In his homily, Bishop Alan said: “Samuel, you responded to God’s invitation many years go. You said ‘Yes’ to God.  “Now in recent years you have said ‘Yes’ again to another invitation – to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. 

Religious leaders pray for victims of New Zealand attacks

Religious leaders pray for victims of New Zealand attacks

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

In a telegram, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on behalf of Pope Francis: "His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.

Pope Francis in UAE: 'Look at how Jesus lived'

Pope Francis in UAE: 'Look at how Jesus lived'

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Pope Francis completed his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates by celebrating an historic public Mass in Abu Dhabi.The Mass marked the end of a visit remarkable in its frequent affirmation of fraternity between Christianity and Islam.

Christians in the Emirates, freedom in the shadow of Islam

Christians in the Emirates, freedom in the shadow of Islam

by: Gauthier Vaillant, Abu Dhabi and Dubai - La Croix International in Ecumenism,

There are no old stones, no belfry, no courtyard opening out onto the outside in a church in the United Arab Emirates, but modern building complexes enclosed by high walls behind which Catholic communities bubble with life.

Welby says it is 'wonderful' to convert to Catholicism

Welby says it is 'wonderful' to convert to Catholicism

by: Ruth Gledhill-The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is perfectly happy if members of the Church of England convert to Catholicism, and that it can even be "wonderful". In an interview with Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, the Most Rev Justin Welby says he does not mind at all that many of Church of England clergy defected to Rome after the ordination of women priests.

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.