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Communion for Protestants married to Catholics requires further study

A letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sheds light on Pope Francis’ position regarding the Eucharist in inter-communion marriages. The issue has been raised by the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference and regards an ecumenical theme that concerns the Universal Church. Pope Francis has invited German bishops to await legislation that is applicable to the whole [...]

UK minister: Dialogue and respect to combat religious intolerance

Lord Ahmad met with top Vatican officials and addressed a conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University ‘Why it matters to be intolerant of intolerance’ was the title of a conference held at Rome’s Gregorian University this week, highlighting the need for closer cooperation in the fight against violent extremism. Key speakers at the event were [...]

Pope invites Christians of all denominations to be instruments of peace

Amongst those received in audience by Pope Francis at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was the Finnish Ecumenical Delegation. Pope Francis has thanked the Lutheran Catholic Dialogue Commission for Finland for a recently issued ecumenical document. The Pope was receiving in audience the Finnish Ecumenical Delegation as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity drew to [...]

Media and Truth Conference to be held in Lourdes

The Vatican Secretariat for Communication is collaborating with the French “Federation des Media Catholiques” on a two-day communications conference in Lourdes this week. The conference is entitled “Media and Truth.” One of the highlights will be an outdoor Mass at the Lourdes Grotto, celebrated by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Popular perceptions of truth [...]

Pope’s message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics and Orthodox not only to further theological dialogue between them, but also to promote joint initiatives on issues such as caring for the environment, peaceful coexistence among peoples and the presence of Christians in the Middle East, without waiting for the day of full and visible communion.‎ The Pope, who is on an apostolic visit to Myanmar and [...]

Notre Dame university hosts ecumenical prayer service

The service on Sunday November 5th brought together leaders of the Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Bishop Denis Madden, former chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference committee on ecumenical and interreligious affairs, led the congregation in prayers of repentance and thanksgiving  for the “rich history and unique contributions of diverse Christian [...]

Catholics and Methodists celebrate 50 years of progress

Catholic and Methodist theologians wind up a meeting at the weekend that has been marking the 50th anniversary of their first ecumenical dialogue group, established in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The first session of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission was held in the hill town of Ariccia in October 1967. Pope Francis met with members of the [...]

Apostolic Nuncio: 'Card Parolin to build bridges and dialogue in Russia'

Cardinal Pietro Parolin travels to Russia for a state visit on 21-24 August out of a desire to "build bridges and increase mutual understanding and dialogue" and to "multiply opportunities of encounter" with the Russian Orthodox Church. The Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, made that assessment of the Secretary of State's [...]

‘A Church without martyrs breeds distrust’

On the second anniversary of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed in 1980 by military squadrons linked to the Regime in San Salvador as he defended the poor, Pope Francis recalled Romero’s religious fervor and passion for justice while warning the faithful against a ‘lukewarm’ Church. The Pope was speaking during Mass at [...]

Letter #19, 2017: After Fatima…

May 15, 2017, Monday "I saw that American leaders wanted to cooperate with Russia.”—The influential Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Oxford-educated "Foreign Minister" of the increasingly powerful Russian Orthodox Church, in an interview published today on the website of the Russian Orthodox Moscow Patriarchate. The interview follows Hilarion's four-day trip to Washington D.C. to participate [...]

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