News in Ecumenism

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.

The true God is accessible to all

The true God is accessible to all

by: L'Osservatore Romano in Ecumenism,

The address of the Pope in the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels.  God is not the "property" of believers and no one can in his name "feel vindicated in using force against others". This was the appeal made by the Pope in Assisi on the occasion of the Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World which opened Thursday morning, 27 October, with religious leaders in the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels. 

Assisi 2011: religions to renew their commitment to peace and justice

Assisi 2011: religions to renew their commitment to peace and justice

by: Asian News in Ecumenism,

“Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace”. It aims “to show, with simplicity, that as religious men and men of good will, we want to offer our own articulated contribution to the building of a better world, whilst at the same time acknowledge the need to grow in dialogue and mutual esteem so as to improve the efficacy of our actions.”  At the initiative of Benedict XVI, this event is designed to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Assisi meeting and is meant “to be a dream that continues, becoming more and more a reality. As everyone is with others, no one is against others. Marching from various points on earth, all nations come together as a one family.”

Anglican-Catholic Dialogue Opens New Phase

Anglican-Catholic Dialogue Opens New Phase

by: ZENIT Agency in Ecumenism,

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) is opening a new phase of dialogue with a meeting scheduled for May 17-27, in Bose in northern Italy. The task of this third phase of ARCIC will be to consider fundamental questions regarding the 'Church as Communion -- Local and Universal,' and 'How in Communion the Local and Universal Church Comes to Discern Right Ethical Teaching.'