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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Pope to Visit Moroccan Imam School to Boost Moderate Islam

    02/13/2019 6:50:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/10/19 | AP
    <p>VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African nation.</p> <p>The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope’s trip to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.</p>
  • U.S. Catholic officials welcome Catholic-Muslim document signed by pope

    02/12/2019 9:41:52 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 57 replies
    franciscan media ^ | 2/11/19 | Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The declaration signed by Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar, during the pope’s trip to the United Arab Emirates “is a clarion call for robust dialogue that leads to peace,” said the Catholic chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. “In our increasingly hostile world in which violence too often predominates between Christians and Muslims — violence that has led to tragic consequences for the most vulnerable humans — we welcome with great joy this historic joint statement on human...
  • Pope Says UAE Trip Was 'New Page' in Dialogue Between Christians, Muslims

    02/08/2019 5:32:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/6/19 | Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
    Vatican City, Feb 6, 2019 / 03:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that his recent trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was a step forward in Catholic-Muslim dialogue and promoting peace among religions. Though a brief visit, the “scattered seeds” of the Feb. 3-5 trip will bear fruit according to God’s will, he said during the general audience Feb. 6. The visit to the UAE, and second meeting with the Muslim Grand Imam of al-Azhar, “wrote a new page in the history of dialogue between Christianity and Islam and in the commitment to promote peace...
  • Pope Francis Returns From Abu Dhabi, Says Islam And Christianity Will Promote 'Common Values'

    02/08/2019 11:02:10 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 57 replies
    dailywire ^ | 2/6/19 | Paul Bois
    Upon returning from his historic Apostolic Journey to the Arabian Penninsula, specifically the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis said that the Islamic world and the Christian world will work together to promote "common values." Speaking before his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis discussed his meeting with the Great Imam of Al-Azhar and their signing of the document on the Human Brotherhood, which condemned all forms of religious violence, and the spreading of authentic values throughout the world. "The Great Imam of Al-Azhar and I signed the document on the Human Brotherhood, in which together we...
  • Pope Confers Pontifical Honour on Former al-Azhar Councillor

    02/05/2019 5:12:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pope Francis has conferred the 'Commenda con Placca dell’Ordine Piano' upon Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, former councillor of the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, in gratitude for his work in strengthening relations between al-Azhar and the Catholic Church.The Holy See Press Office on Sunday announced the Pope's bestowal of the Pontifical Honour upon the Grand Imam's former councillor with the following press statement: “His Holiness Pope Francis has benevolently granted the honour of ‘Commenda con Placca dell’Ordine Piano’ to His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, former councillor of the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, for his excellent work for interreligious...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Talks to New York Priests About Maintaining Moral Integrity

    01/28/2019 1:54:04 PM PST · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Catholic New York ^ | 6/20/2018 | JOHN WOODS
    Nearly 800 New York Catholic priests received a message about how to maintain their moral integrity from Pastor Rick Warren, who used Scripture passages and his experiences from 40 years as an Evangelical Christian pastor, to speak personally to fellow pastors. His talk, “Maintaining the Moral Integrity of the Ministry to Which God Has Called Us,” was delivered during the archdiocese’s biennial Safe Environment Convocation at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie June 6-7. “Brothers, what we do matters more than what anybody else does in the world,” said Pastor Warren at the outset of his presentation. “That’s because the only...
  • Jesuit Martyrs at St Giles-in-the-Fields [Church of England] Recognised in a Memorial

    01/27/2019 5:32:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The unveiling of a memorial for seven Jesuit martyrs at St Giles-in-the-Fields marked a true ecumenical moment. On Sunday 20th January, friends and representatives of the Catholic community and of the wider church gathered together with members of the Anglican community at the West End parish for a choral evening prayer and the dedication by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest of Farm Street, of the commemorative plaque. “We don’t come to faith from a vacuum, but rather from a tradition” Reverend Alan Carr, Rector of St Giles-in-the-Fields, said in his introduction to the service. With events like these, occurring...
  • Anglican and Catholic Bishops Meet to Discuss ‘Closer Collaboration’ in England

    01/26/2019 6:45:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/18/19 | Charles Collins
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom - Over 50 Anglican and Catholic bishops gathered in Leicester to examine opportunities of closer collaboration at a regional and national level. The biennial conference of the Catholic bishops of England and Wales and the Church of England took place Jan. 16-17. “This meeting has highlighted how very far we have come in our fraternal discussions in the past 50 years. We have a strong bond, we are dealing with the same problems which we must continue to tackle in our different ways and support each other in our love for Christ and His flock,” said Archbishop...
  • Justin Welby: I Don’t Mind if Anglicans Convert to Catholicism

    01/24/2019 6:32:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 82 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/24/19 | Mark Greaves
    Archbishop Justin Welby said Rome was 'such a source of inspiration' The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is perfectly happy to see Anglicans convert to Catholicism. In an interview with The Spectator, Archbishop Justin Welby was asked about the number of Anglican clergy becoming Catholic. Some estimates, the article said, suggested that one in 10 Catholic priests in England and Wales were former Anglican vicars. “Who cares?” Archbishop Welby replied. “I don’t mind about all that. Particularly if people go to Rome, which is such a source of inspiration.” He explained: “I had an email from a very old...
  • The Pope and the Imam of al Azhar Together at the Conference on "Human Fraternity"

    01/22/2019 6:22:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/22/19
    Abu Dhabi (Agenzia Fides) - The international interreligious meeting will take place in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of February, to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis in the United Arab Emirates (3-5 February). The Bishop of Rome will participate in the Conference, hosted at the Founder's Memorial, where he will hold the only official speech of his visit. The Conference, organized by the Council of Muslim Elders, will gather more than six hundred members of different religious communities, and will also see the presence of Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyib, Grand Imam of al Azhar, the most authoritative theological-academic...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 7:00:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture & Spirit and Life (HLI) ^ | 01.22.19 | Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
    MASS READINGS January 22, 2019 (Readings on USCCB website)COLLECT PRAYER God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. January 22 is the anniversary...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22 (Pope Francis)

    01/21/2019 6:54:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Libreria Editrice Vaticana & CERC ^ | 05.24.15 | Pope Francis
    Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children POPE FRANCIS We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities — to offer just a few examples — it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.  Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for "instead of carrying out his role...
  • A Dominican Preaches in the Mosque, Recalling the Great Imam Promoter of Peace [Pakistan]

    01/20/2019 4:59:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/19/19
    Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - Maulana Muhammad Abdul Qadir Azad, who served the faithful as Grand Imam in the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore for about 30 years and died in January 2003, was considered "a great promoter of interreligious peace and harmony and above all of dialogue between Christians and Muslims. He was a great religious leader and a lover of peace. He was an ardent promoter of harmony between different Muslim communities and people of other religions": says the Dominican, Fr. James Channan, director of the "Peace Center" in Lahore, preaching in the Badshahi Mosque, the "Royal Mosque" in Lahore....
  • WATCH — Christian Pastor Jacqui Lewis: ‘Our Common Enemy Is White Supremacy, Transphobia, Sexism

    01/20/2019 12:35:45 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/19/19 | Kyle Morris
    Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, took the stage Saturday at the Women’s March and announced what she believed to be Americans’ greatest enemies. “I am so glad to be able to follow my indigenous family and share some words of blessing,” Lewis said as she opened her speech. “Standing here and looking at you and thinking about this movement makes me want to tell you what it means for me to be a Christian pastor.” “There’s all kinds of Christians, but I’m the kind that believes that there’s more than one path...
  • Christians and Muslims Together Commemorate 800th Anniv of Encounter Between St Francis and Sultan

    01/18/2019 6:03:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/15/19
    Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - To commemorate the historic event of the encounter between St. Francis with the Sultan of Egypt, AL-Kamil in the year 1219, modernize it in today's Pakistan, launching a universal message of tolerance, friendship, dialogue, common commitment for peace: in this spirit the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, within the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Pakistan, organized a meeting to inaugurate the activities that, in 2019, will commemorate the event in Pakistan 800 years ago, in the name of Islamic-Christian dialogue. As Agenzia Fides learns, Franciscan Sebastian Shaw, Archbishop of Lahore and President of the...
  • His Beatitude Sviatoslav [Ukraine]: Unity of Catholics and Orthodox is Not Utopian Thinking

    "Every effort must be made to restore the original unity of the Church of Kyiv in its Orthodox and Catholic branches". After the creation of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) and Constantinople’s abolition of the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church over the Ukrainian episcopate, the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) became the second largest and most influential Christian denomination in Ukraine. According to various estimates, the UGCC comprises about 6 million faithful. The Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church is in communion with Rome, but retains the Byzantine liturgical tradition. This creates a unique opportunity for it to conduct ecumenical dialogue...
  • The Law

    01/11/2019 12:28:52 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 4 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 1/11/2019 | Gary
    Faith and works.  Law and grace.  This is the age-old battle between God and man-made religion that started not when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, but long, long before—in the Garden of Eden, in the beginning, in fact.  This is a mega-post (so grab some coffee!), but please stick through to the end, because there is a blessing herein that the receptive heart will receive.  And please share with anyone you know, religious or otherwise, who is far from God. Was there law in Eden?  No, there was grace,...
  • Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine Agree to Develop....

    01/04/2019 6:32:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies ^ | 1/3/19 | Emma Cazabonne
    According to information published by the Ukrainian website RISU, “the primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniate) have already met and agreed to work out a roadmap, in order to deepen the relationships between the two Churches”. In an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel Pryamyy, Metropolitan Epifaniy declared, “We have outlined a definite path for our future cooperation, and from now on, we will seek for points of convergence that will unite us, in the field of spiritual education and other areas of our lives. Ad hoc commissions...
  • Armenian Apostolic Church Appoints First-Ever Representative in Rome

    12/22/2018 6:15:17 PM PST · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/20/18 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The Armenian Apostolic Church, one of six in the Oriental Orthodox communion, will have a fixed representative in Rome, similar to the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Methodists. Bishop Khajag Barsamian was appointed in early September as representative of the Apostolic Armenian Church to the Holy See. His appointment is intended to strengthen friendship between the two entities. Archbishop Barsamian, 67, was Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church diocese in the United States from 1990 to 2018. He is well known for his experience and skill in ecumenical dialogue. With the appointment, he becomes the point man in Rome for any...
  • Cardinal Müller: Priests ‘Duty-Bound’ to Resist Bishops Demanding Protestant Communion

    12/14/2018 7:14:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/12/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Says clerics 'rightly disobey' prelates ordering open CommunionROME ( - Cardinal Gerhard Müller is speaking out against bishops who order their priests to admit Protestants to Holy Communion. Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed that clerics are duty-bound to refuse such orders, saying they "rightly disobey" bishops who mandate such action. The cardinal's statements come in the wake of an erroneous pronouncement by German Bp. Felix Genn, head of the diocese of Münster. On Nov. 20, Genn published a pastoral guide featuring new directives, introduced by the German bishops earlier this year, that...