“Unity is something to be discovered, not created.” The lesson is clear. “In Christ we are already united,” he says. “Unity isn’t something we create but something we discover – that we are already one in Christ. It is this discovery that changes attitudes.”
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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 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.
Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said during a meeting with leaders of Myanmar's Buddhist community. Pope Francis met Nov. 29 with members of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a government-appointed group of senior Buddhist monks who oversee some 500,000 monks and novices in Myanmar, where close to 90 percent of the population follows Buddhism.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the pope stressed "unity in diversity" in his private meeting with Myanmar's Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders which was a late addition to his official schedule. In the inter-faith meeting at the archbishop's residence in Yangon, Pope Francis told religious leaders to work together to rebuild the country and that if they argue, they should argue like brothers, who reconcile afterwards.
“This symposium on unification of the Churches is very significant. What unites us in Christ is greater than what divides us,” said Jesuit Father Felix Raj, principal of Kolkata’s St. Xavier’s College at the symposium called "Revisiting the Reformation."
500 years since Martin Luther launched his momentous campaign against papal teaching on indulgences.
On 31 October a special service at Westminster Abbey will commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. The Dean of Westminster is to preside and Archbishop Justin Welby will give the address. It will be 500 years since Martin Luther launched his momentous campaign against papal teaching on indulgences.
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 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.