News in Ecumenism

Lutherans and Catholics: From Conflict to Communion

Lutherans and Catholics: From Conflict to Communion

by: VIS in Ecumenism,

 “I look with a sense of profound gratitude to Jesus Christ, at the many steps that have been taken in the relations between Lutherans and Catholics in recent decades, and not only through theological dialogue but also by means of brotherly collaboration in many pastoral fields and, above all, in commitment to progress in spiritual ecumenism” said the Pope

Lord Nicholas Windsor, the first male Catholic member of the royal family in four centuries.

Lord Nicholas Windsor, the first male Catholic member of the royal family in four centuries.

by: Joan Frawley Desmond - REGISTER in Ecumenism,

Lord Nicholas Windsor was received into the Catholic Church in 2001, forfeiting his right of succession to the British throne.  On Oct. 3, Lord Nicholas spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about the International Heritage Centre, his conversion to Catholicism and the impact of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain.

'Catholic' confession is good for the soul - says Archbishop of Canterbury

'Catholic' confession is good for the soul - says Archbishop of Canterbury

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Anglicans to adopt the practice of going to confession, a tradition more commonly associated with the Roman Catholic Church. His comments came as he addressed the heads of other churches – including the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England Wales, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols – about divisions between Christians.

Jewish-Catholic ties 'best ever'

Jewish-Catholic ties 'best ever'

by: The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has hailed Pope Francis for boosting Jewish-Catholic relations to their highest level in history. "Pope Francis' leadership has not only reinvigorated the Catholic Church but also given a new momentum to relations with Judaism," said WJC leader, Ronald S. Lauder.

Ethiopia: the Quran moves into the Horn of Africa

Ethiopia: the Quran moves into the Horn of Africa

by: Davide Demichelis - L´Stampa.it in Ecumenism,

In a land where Christianity and Islam have existed since their earliest days, Christians and Muslims have been living side by side in peace for centuries. Will the repercussions of the Arab revolutions reach all the way to Ethiopia and the region?

 The Silsilah Dialogue Movement wins top peace award

The Silsilah Dialogue Movement wins top peace award

by: UCA News in Ecumenism,

The Silsilah Dialogue Movement works with Christian and Muslim communities. An interreligious peace movement in troubled Mindanao has won the prestigious Goi Peace Award, a Japanese prize previously given to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the former president of Costa Rica.

Big IF: Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Justin Welby call on world leaders to end hunger

Big IF: Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Justin Welby call on world leaders to end hunger

by: London - Reporters in Ecumenism,

At an ecumenical service in London, the Archbishop of Westminster and Archbishop of Canterbury joined together in calling for action at the upcoming G8 summit to tackle the root causes of global hunger. Ahead of the Enniskillen G8 summit, 3,500 people from all over the UK attended the service in Westminster before joining thousands more for the Big IF rally in Hyde Park.

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Pope Francis in June

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Pope Francis in June

by: Vatican Insader - Maria Teresa Pontara in Ecumenism,

The meeting between the two religious leaders on 14 June will be of deep ecumenical significance. Justin Welby, who was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury and world leader of the Church of England, in Canterbury Cathedral last 21 March, is to visit Pope Francis in Rome on 14 June.

Minority faiths are being throttled all over South Asia

Minority faiths are being throttled all over South Asia

by: UCA News - John Dayal in Ecumenism,

Away from the international focus on Islamic states in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, South Asia’s increasing bigotry and religious intolerance has reached an unacceptable stage. Official impunity, extreme legislation and the complicity of state and non-state actors compound the issue.

Plans for first mixed Catholic and Protestant school in Northern Ireland approved

Plans for first mixed Catholic and Protestant school in Northern Ireland approved

by: Michael Mchugh - The Independent in Ecumenism,

Northern Ireland's first shared education campus for Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren has been granted planning approval. Up to six schools with 3,700 pupils are expected to be based at a former Army barracks in Omagh, Co Tyrone, Stormont's power-sharing government revealed today. The relic of the region's 30-year conflict is to be transformed into a 126-acre development to educate the next generation together.

Ecumenism - Our Neglected Mandate

Ecumenism - Our Neglected Mandate

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Ecumenism,

While saying farewell the night before he died, Jesus told those with him that he "had other sheep that are not of this fold" and that those with him at that particular moment were not his only followers. Very importantly, he also said that he longed for unity with those others just as urgently and deeply as he longed for unity with those in the room with him. 

Theologian says China to have largest Christian population

Theologian says China to have largest Christian population

by: Estefania Aguirre - CNA in Ecumenism,

During a recent book launch in Rome, a noted theologian said that China will be home to the majority of the world's Christians within the next two decades.  “Interfaith dialogue is something that China, which will have the world's largest Christian population in 20 years, lives with every day,” said Harvey Cox during the presentation at the Gregorian University.

Celebrating a Hybrid Holiday - Two Faiths, One Family

Celebrating a Hybrid Holiday - Two Faiths, One Family

by: Armand Nocum - Philippine Daily Inquirer in Ecumenism,

Ours is a Christian-Muslim union, and we celebrate what our daughter describes as a hybrid Christmas. It’s not as strange as it sounds, and might in fact be expected in our household. As a former Claretian seminarian partly educated by the Dominicans at UST, I have remained a Catholic, while my wife remains a Muslim.

Two traditions with one voice

Two traditions with one voice

by: Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster - L'Osservatore Romano in Ecumenism,

Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Sistine Chapel Choir together in St Peter's BasilicaIt is my prayer that this visit of Westminster Abbey to Rome will be blessed by the grace of God and move us forward on the long and winding road towards full visible unity, a goal to which both the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury remain committed. 

The story of the Reformation needs reforming

The story of the Reformation needs reforming

by: Eamon Duffy - The Telegrpah in Ecumenism,

For five centuries England has been in denial about the role of Roman Catholicism in shaping it. The coin in your pocket declares the monarch to be Defender of the Faith. Since 1558 that has meant the Protestant faith, but Henry VIII actually got the title from the Pope for defending Catholicism against Luther.  The destruction of most of the libraries, music and art of England was not a religious breakthrough but a cultural calamity

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine

by: Michael J.L. La Civita in Ecumenism,

"Confusion characterizes Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine. Not one but three groups claim legitimacy as the national church of the predominantly Eastern Christian country."  Watching "Europe 12 -  Football Competition" helps us to think beyond sports and kicking a ball entertaiment. How is the Church in Ukraine?