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A new era in Evangelical-Catholic relations

A new era in Evangelical-Catholic relations

by: Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Last week it was my privilege to meet Pope Francis for the third time. I first met him after his installation.  I visited him in his home for a three-hour private, non-scripted conversation. Last Thursday I led a 24-person delegation of leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance for an historic official meeting.

Battle for independence is replaying the struggles of Catholic Scotland

Battle for independence is replaying the struggles of Catholic Scotland

by: Cristina Odone - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

The battle for Scotland has stirred some vivid memories for me. My instinct is for the Union: why disrupt tradition, economics, international relations? But having edited the Catholic Herald for four years, I know how deep-rooted and passionate the anti-establishment mindset in Scotland is.

Francis and the Evangelicals

Francis and the Evangelicals

by: Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Aleteia in Ecumenism,

 I think he wants Catholics not to be more Protestant, but more Catholic. In other words, he wants Catholics to return to the zeal and passion of the saints and martyrs. He wants Catholics to re-learn the simple life of the apostles and take joy in the most elemental levels of the faith -- a life full of the Holy Spirit in a day to day relationship with Jesus Christ.

Orthodox churches to hold first ecumenical council in 1,200 years

Orthodox churches to hold first ecumenical council in 1,200 years

by: Deacon Greg Kandra in Ecumenism,

Patriarchs of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence driving Christians out of the Middle East. Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the second-largest family of Christian churches, also agreed to hold a summit of bishops, or ecumenical council, in 2016, which will be the first in over 1,200 years.

First ordinariate monastery is founded on New Year’s Day

First ordinariate monastery is founded on New Year’s Day

by: Reporters - Catholic Herald in Ecumenism,

 Archbishop urges Catholics to support the ordinariate. ‘A Gift from God’: a stone’s throw from Maryvale, the Ordinariate’s Sisters have now moved into their new convent. Who says prayer doesn’t work? Eleven Sisters who became Catholic five months ago still seek permanent home.

Ecumenical breakthrough as Catholics move into Lambeth Palace

Ecumenical breakthrough as Catholics move into Lambeth Palace

by: Ian Dunn - Scottish Catholic Observer in Ecumenism,

Members of a Roman Catholic order are to take up residence in Lambeth Palace in a move not seen since the Reformation, the Church of England has announced. The four members of Chemin Neuf, an order founded in France,  a married Anglican couple, a Lutheran training for the ministry and a Roman Catholic sister – will live at Lambeth Palace.

What Went Wrong in England

What Went Wrong in England

by: Brantly Millegan - UK Catholic/Mazur in Ecumenism,

Christians themselves share in the downfall of Christianity through poor catechists, lack of family involvement in faith formation in the home and through Church leaders who seek the approval of the current social leadership rather than being disciples and witnesses to Christ.”

Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation in the UK, warns Lord Carey

Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation in the UK, warns Lord Carey

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

Christianity is just a “generation away from extinction” in Britain unless churches make a dramatic breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned. Archbishop Sentamu told the Synod also: “Compared with evangelism everything else is like rearranging furniture when the house is on fire."

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?