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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?

Buddhist monk helps priest open clinic

Buddhist monk helps priest open clinic

by: Mark Chit - UCA in Ecumenism,

Religions unite to care for those most in need in Mandalay, Myanmar. Working together is an interesting experience, according to Fr Aye Kyaw. “The relationship between us will develop even further through this clinic, Venerable Seinnita and I already consider ourselves as brothers,” he said.

Commitment to and Prayer for Unity

Commitment to and Prayer for Unity

by: Osservatore Romano in Ecumenism,

The Pope Celebrates Vespers at San Gregorio al Celio with the Primate of the Anglican Communion.  In the Church of the monastic complex of San Gregorio al Celio - “birthplace of the link between Christianity in Britain and the Church of Rome” - the Pope presided at First Vespers of Third Sunday of Lent on Saturday evening, 10 March, together with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan William, Primate of the Anglican Communion.

Beware suspicion, inertia and impatience

Beware suspicion, inertia and impatience

by: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in Ecumenism,

 It is good, too, as Pope Benedict reminded us, to remember what we have in common. For years I was Chairman of something called ‘ARCIC - The Anglican-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Commission' - and we used to study together many matters. But the key to our work was a term called, koinonia, which means ‘communion'.

British Museum Haj show seeks to explain Islamic ritual to non-Muslims and Muslims

British Museum Haj show seeks to explain Islamic ritual to non-Muslims and Muslims

by: Mike Collett-White in Ecumenism,

Billed as the first major exhibition devoted to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, "Hajj: journey at the heart of Islam" at the British Museum aims to lift the veil on a ritual that is a mystery to many in the non-Muslim world.  Pakistan-born Khan believed that its message of peace was particularly important because the outside world's image of the Middle East had been associated in recent years with violence and upheaval.

Leaders warn: ‘unofficial churches’ are dividing the community.

Leaders warn: ‘unofficial churches’ are dividing the community.

by: UCAnews in Ecumenism,

Christian Leaders in Pakistan warn that ‘unofficial churches’ are dividing the community at a time when unity is essential. After complaining about their activities for years, Catholic and Protestant leaders yesterday demanded that action be taken against  “unofficial” churches whom they accuse of dividing Christians and acting like businesses.

Muslims join Catholic feast

Muslims join Catholic feast

by: Ali G. Macabalang - UCA in Ecumenism,

Muslims in Mindanao, Philippines, took part in a traditional Catholic festival for the first time at the weekend highlighting a growing desire for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence on the restive island. 

Week of Prayer For CHRISTIAN UNITY

Week of Prayer For CHRISTIAN UNITY

by: VIS in Ecumenism,

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is due to begin tomorrow, 18 January, under the theme "We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ". The Week is promoted by the World Council of Churches (WCC), a worldwide fellowship of 349 Churches seeking unity, common witness and Christian service.