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News archive for 2016

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Coadjutor Bishop Bruce Myers, Cardinal Gérald Lacroix and Bishop Dennis Drainville recess out of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City following the dedication of a bishop's chair for Lacroix earlier this year

We need each other: In Quebec, ecumenism is a matter of survival

 — December 16, 201616 déc. 2016

According to a story often repeated in the diocese of Quebec, when the first Anglican bishop, Jacob Mountain, arrived in Quebec City in 1793, he was greeted on the dock by his Roman Catholic counterpart, Bishop Jean-François Hubert.

“Your people are waiting for you,” said Hubert, welcoming Mountain to his new home.

While relations between French Catholics and English Protestants in Quebec have not always been so cordial, the leadership of the two churches have long understood the practical need to work together in a province where religion historically has played an outsized role in public life.
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Posted: Dec. 16, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10394
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, bishops, Catholic, Québec
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, bishops, Catholic, Québec

Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops gather for Vespers at the Church of San Gregorio in Rome before being sent out in pairs for joint mission by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby

Bishops say Church has failed children, women, and indigenous peoples

 — November 25, 201625 nov. 2016

A group of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops have acknowledged both churches’ failure to protect children, women and indigenous peoples. In a statement issued by the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) today following the group’s historic meeting in Canterbury and Rome last month, they call on the Church to repent and seek justice for victims. They say that, “at the foot of the Cross we, as bishops, have reflected on an ‘ecumenism of humiliation’. We lament our failures and share the brokenness of our church communities.”

They continue: “We failed to protect vulnerable people: children from sexual abuse, women from violence, and indigenous peoples from exploitation.

“In this communion of shame, we confess that our own feeble witness to God’s call to life in community has contributed to the isolation of individuals and families, and even to that secularisation which removes God from the public space. We, as bishops, are called to lead the church in repentance and to seek justice for the abused.”

The bishops have called their statement “an appeal from the IARCCUM bishops to the bishops and the people of the Anglican and Catholic communities.”
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Posted: Nov. 25, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10388
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, bishops, Catholic, IARCCUM, pilgrimage
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, bishops, Catholic, IARCCUM, pilgrimage

Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina was commissioned by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby together with 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from around the world

Bishops commissioned to work together

 — November 23, 201623 nov. 2016

A call for Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from around the world to work more closely together in witness and joint mission is part of the ongoing fruit of a unique eight-day gathering held earlier this fall in Canterbury and Rome, says Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen.

“We were commissioned as pairs of bishops to go and work together, to witness together wherever possible, and to encourage our brother bishops to work together,” says Bolen, one of the bishops from around the world commissioned for the task by Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

“The ongoing story is what the pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops can do together across Canada, and across the world.”

The purpose of the summit was to discover where Catholics and Anglicans can give greater witness to their common faith and collaborate in mission to the world, based on 50 years of dialogue and the agreed statements of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and the IARCCUM document, “Growing Together in Unity and Mission.”
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Posted: Nov. 23, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10390
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, bishops, Catholic, IARCCUM, pilgrimage
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, bishops, Catholic, IARCCUM, pilgrimage

Revd Dr Will Adam, Ecumenical Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ecumenical Officer at the Church of England's Council of Christian Unity (CCU)

New Ecumenical Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury announced

 — November 21, 201621 nov. 2016

The appointment has been announced today of the Revd Dr Will Adam as the Archbishop’s Ecumenical Adviser. As well as these duties, the role includes being Ecumenical Officer at the Council of Christian Unity (CCU).

This post will build on the creative joint working that has been established between Lambeth Palace and CCU to further the ecumenical ministry of the Archbishop.

Archbishop Justin Welby said: “I am delighted that Will Adam will be bringing his considerable experience and expertise to this post. His understanding of both national and international ecumenism will be a real asset to the work at Lambeth and at CCU. There are wonderful opportunities in ecumenism in these times, and we must always strive to be obedient to Jesus’ desire that his Church ‘may be one’.”
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Posted: Nov. 21, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10392
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, ecumenism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, ecumenism

Participants in the October 2016 meeting of the Informal Dialogue Group of the International Lutheran Council and Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Dialogue between Confessional Lutherans and Roman Catholics continues

 — November 7, 20167 nov. 2016

Third Meeting of the Informal Dialogue Group between the International Lutheran Council and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. On October 14-15, the Informal Dialogue Group between the International Lutheran Council (ILC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity met. This time the gathering took place at the Johann-Adam-Möhler-Institute for Ecumenism in Paderborn, Germany.

The conversations centered on the Lutheran perception of the Roman Catholic liturgy. They focused particularly on the Roman Catholic understanding of the presence of Christ’s sacrifice and the sacrifice of the Church in the Lord’s Supper. It became apparent that there were different ways of thinking—not only between Lutheran and Roman Catholic approaches to the topic, but also in the various Roman Catholic Eucharistic prayers themselves. The debate centered in particular on the problem whether and to what extent the Church might play a distinct, or “active”, role in the performance of the liturgy.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. In preparing for this meeting, cross-confessional pairings were formed. They are meant to engage with the following topics: the understanding of co-operation of the Church (“synergeia”) and sacrifice; the theological understanding of “time”, that is to say the relationship between the history of salvation and the “event” of salvation, or the issue of the realization of salvation in the liturgy; the understanding of sacrifice against the background of article 24 of the Augsburg Confession and its Apology, and in The Examination of the Council of Trent by Martin Chemnitz, looking also at the document “The Eucharist” (1978); and questions concerning the office of the ministry and ordination. Moreover, they plan to identify and describe areas of major agreement between the Roman Catholic Church and the churches in the International Lutheran Council. The resulting texts will serve to steer the further debates in the year to come, and secure the results of this informal dialogue.
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Posted: Nov. 7, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9581
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, International Lutheran Council, liturgy, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, International Lutheran Council, liturgy, Lutheran

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Sweden to Rome

Catholic Church never likely to ordain women, pope says

 — November 1, 20161 nov. 2016

The Catholic Church insistence that it cannot ordain women to the priesthood and episcopacy is a teaching likely to last forever, Pope Francis said.

After being hosted by the Lutheran Church of Sweden, which is led by Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala, the nation’s first woman primate, Pope Francis was asked Nov. 1 if the Catholic Church might one day have women priests and bishops.

As he has done in the past, the pope responded that the question was settled in 1994 by St. John Paul II, who taught that because Jesus chose only men as his apostles, the ordination of women in the Catholic Church is not possible.

He was asked, “Really? Never?” And he responded, “If one carefully reads the declaration of St. John Paul it goes in that direction, yes.”
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Posted: Nov. 1, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9564
Categories: CNSIn this article: ordination, Pope Francis, women
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Cardinal Kurt Koch with Rev Mounib Younan, Pope Francis and Rev Martin Junge in Lund Cathedral on October 31st, 2016. Photo: AP

Catholics and Lutherans commemorate the Reformation together

 — October 31, 201631 oct. 2016

Commemorations of next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation – which led to the separation of protestant churches from the Catholic Church – have begun with a combined prayer service in Lund Cathedral, Sweden, attended by Pope Francis and the Revd Dr Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. The participation of Pope Francis at the start of the year of commemorations is hugely significant and symbolises the growing ecumenical thaw which has been taking place over the past 50 years.

The prayer service is taking place in Lund Cathedral, which began life in 1080 as the seat of the Catholic archiepiscopal diocese of Lund; but since Danish Reformation in the 1520s and 1530s, has been a Lutheran cathedral. It became part of the Church of Sweden when the Province of Skåne (Scania) was ceded from Denmark to Sweden in 1658.

Through the Porvoo Communion, the Church of Sweden is in full communion with several Anglican churches, including the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Lusitanian Church of Portugal, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, and the Church in Wales. Elsewhere across the globe, other Anglican churches are in varying degrees of unity and communion with other Lutheran churches.

“We are on our way from conflict to communion,” Archbishop Antje Jackelén, leader of the Church of Sweden, said at a press conference, referencing the ground-breaking 2013 joint report between the two churches. “We are going to express our joy and gratitude for what we have in common: namely, the Gospel of Jesus Christ which unites us – that can be celebrated never enough.

“But there are also things that we definitely do not want to celebrate; but to repent and express our lament and sorrow; and that is, of course, the pain that division has caused throughout so many centuries.”
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Posted: Oct. 31, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11433
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, Lutheran World Federation, Pope Francis, Reformation
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, Lutheran World Federation, Pope Francis, Reformation

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at a Vatican news conference. Cardinal Müller said that while the Catholic Church continues to prefer burial in the ground, it accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes or keeping cremated remains at home

Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation

 — October 25, 201625 oct. 2016

Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person’s identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.

While the Catholic Church continues to prefer burial in the ground, it accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes and the growing practice of keeping cremated remains at home, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“Caring for the bodies of the deceased, the church confirms its faith in the resurrection and separates itself from attitudes and rites that see in death the definitive obliteration of the person, a stage in the process of reincarnation or the fusion of one’s soul with the universe,” the cardinal told reporters Oct. 25.
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Posted: Oct. 25, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9545
Categories: CNSIn this article: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, cremation, death, funerals
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Together in Hope, Lund, Sweden

Looking forward to ecumenical event with pope in Sweden

 — October 25, 201625 oct. 2016

Pope Francis will join people from all over the world in celebration of the ecumenical developments of the Catholic and Lutheran Churches. The event takes place 31 October in southern Sweden. The celebration will be divided into two, one in a cathedral in Lund and one for 10,000 people in a sports arena in Malmö.

The 31 October is called “Reformation Day” by Lutherans. It was the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

The Lund Cathedral ceremony will be a prayer with the pope and the president of the Lutheran church together. It’s the first time for something like this to happen. Then later that day, there will be performances, songs and prayers in Malmö. All of them will be under the general theme of “Together in Hope”.

The programme will include testimonies of people from around the world. One of the speakers is Marguerite Barankitse, the “Mother of Burundi”. She is the founder of “Maison Shalom”. It helps orphans of the civil war lead a normal life. They can get an education and have a chance at a good future. She has experienced brutal war, but continues to have hope for peace.
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Posted: Oct. 25, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9528
Categories: NewsIn this article: Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Pope Francis, Reformation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Pope Francis, Reformation

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, welcomes the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Patriarch Kirill, and his delegation to Lambeth Palace for a private visit

Archbishop Welby welcomes Patriarch Kirill to Lambeth Palace

 — October 19, 201619 oct. 2016

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, paid a private visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace yesterday (Tuesday). Patriarch Kirill was in the UK to mark the 300th anniversary of the Diocese of Sourozh – the Russian Orthodox Church in Britain and Ireland. Earlier, Archbishop Welby and the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, were in attendance when Patriarch Kirill visited The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Bishop Chartres takes the lead on the C of E’s relationships with the Orthodox Churches, and was also present at Lambeth Palace for the meeting with Patriarch Kirill and his delegation.

Archbishop Welby and Patriarch Kirill spoke about “their shared compassion for Christian, and other, minorities in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East, where they have been systematically targeted and persecuted and their communities decimated,” a Lambeth Palace spokesperson said.
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Posted: Oct. 19, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9535
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Justin Welby, Lambeth Palace, Moscow Patriarchate, Patriarch Kirill
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Halifax-Yarmouth Archbishop Anthony Mancini, pictured, says the reasoning behind CCCB's split with Kairos is prompt by a combination of ideological differences and minor legal changes to the ecumenical coalition

Catholic bishops split with KAIROS over legal, ideological issues

 — October 18, 201618 oct. 2016

Canada’s Catholic bishops will no longer be part of Canada’s ecumenical social justice coalition known as Kairos.

The decision taken by a majority of bishops at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual plenary meeting was prompted by a combination of ideological differences and minor legal changes in the structure of the ecumenical coalition to meet tax compliance concerns of the Canada Revenue Agency. For legal and tax purposes, Kairos has been a part of the United Church of Canada since it was founded in 2001.
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Posted: Oct. 18, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9562
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: CCCB, KAIROS
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : CCCB, KAIROS

Joe Tosini, founder of the Phoenix-based John 17 Movement, was invited by the Vatican to help plan events for the feast of Pentecost next June. Pope Francis intends to hold special Pentecost celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholic charismatic movement

U.S. Pentecostal promotes what pope calls ‘walking ecumenism’

 — October 17, 201617 oct. 2016

Joe Tosini believes that on the last day Jesus will judge people on whether they fed the hungry, clothed the naked and, especially, whether they loved one another, not on whether they were baptized with a sprinkling of water as an infant in a Catholic Church or by being plunged into a pool as an adult in an evangelical service.

Tosini, a Pentecostal Christian, is founder of the Phoenix-based John 17 Movement, an ecumenical initiative about forming relationships and friendships among Christians.

Unlike the formal ecumenical dialogues the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and mainline Protestant churches engage in, the John 17 initiative does not involve theological dialogue and the examination of doctrinal similarities and differences.
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Posted: Oct. 17, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9547
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, Charismatic movement, Pentecostal, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, Charismatic movement, Pentecostal, Pope Francis

Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, England, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, holds a replica of the crozier of St. Gregory the Great given by Pope Francis at a vespers service at the Church of St. Gregory in Rome

Walking the talk: Catholics, Anglicans work together as they seek unity

 — October 6, 20166 oct. 2016

If Christians are called to live their faith concretely, then they cannot leave out concrete signs of the unity to which Jesus calls them.

And just because the formal Anglican-Roman Catholic theological dialogue has been forced to grapple with new church-dividing attitudes toward issues such as the ordination of women and the blessing of same-sex marriages, it does not mean that common prayer led by Anglican and Catholic leaders and concrete collaboration by Catholic and Anglican parishes are simply window dressing.

Dozens of Catholic and Anglican bishops and several hundred priests and laity from both communities gathered in Rome in early October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vatican meeting of Blessed Paul VI and Anglican Archbishop Michael Ramsey of Canterbury, almost 50 years of formal theological dialogue through the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (known as ARCIC) and the 50th anniversary of the Anglican Center in Rome.

The celebrations, highlighted by an ecumenical evening prayer service Oct. 5 with Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, coincided with a meeting of a newer body, the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission, known as IARCCUM.
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Posted: Oct. 6, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9542
Categories: CNSIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, David Moxon, Donald Bolen, IARCCUM, Justin Welby, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, David Moxon, Donald Bolen, IARCCUM, Justin Welby, Pope Francis

An extract from the cover of <i>In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology</i> - last year's agreed statement from the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue. The statement formed the basis for a new exploration of bioethical and moral issues

Orthodox-Anglican dialogue explores “complex ethical concerns”

 — September 30, 201630 sept. 2016

Members of the official Anglican-Orthodox dialogue have met this week to discuss a range of bioethical and moral issues. The discussion was “a practical follow-up” to their agreed statement In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology, which was published last year after their talks in Buffalo, New York. At this week’s talks in Armagh, Northern Ireland, the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) began to explore issues including contraception, abortion, reproductive technology, stem cell research, organ transplants, artificial life support, assisted dying and euthanasia.

The Commission studied four papers unpacking the themes: “Christian Ethics and the Beginning and End of Life: Themes in Anglican Reflection”, by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; “Bioethical Themes: Transplants and Euthanasia”, by Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kition; “Survey of Anglican Church Documents on Beginning and End of Life Issues”, by the Revd Canon Philip Hobson; and “Medical Bioethics: An Orthodox Christian Perspective for Orthodox Christians”, by Protodeacon Basil Andruchow.

“What is new for Anglican-Orthodox dialogue is the discussion of morals, and the practical outworking of the common vision of the human person finalised last year in the agreed statement,” the Anglican Communion’s director for unity, faith and order, the Revd Canon John Gibaut, said. “This year’s meeting signals a new direction, which is both theological and deeply pastoral.
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Posted: Sept. 30, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9557
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, ethics, moral discernment, Orthodox
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, ethics, moral discernment, Orthodox

A demonstrator against assisted suicide joins a protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London, England last September

Bishops offer pastoral guidelines for when Canadians seek assisted suicide

 — September 20, 201620 sept. 2016

The bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have issued pastoral guidelines for clergy dealing with Catholics who are considering euthanasia or assisted suicide, which is now legal in Canada.

The 32-page document, written for priests and parishes, gives guidance on when people in such situations are eligible to receive certain sacraments or a Catholic funeral. It includes references to canon law and pastoral guidance for special circumstances.

The document specifically addresses the sacraments of reconciliation and anointing of the sick.

“In our day a priest may encounter a penitent who has officially requested physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia,” the document says. “The penitent has not yet been killed, nor has he/she committed suicide, but he or she has initiated the process, which is already a grave matter.

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Posted: Sept. 20, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9568
Categories: CNSIn this article: Alberta, Canada, Catholic, euthanasia, pastoral care, physician assisted suicide
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Pope Francis greeting religious leaders at Assisi Day of Peace

Pope Francis in Assisi for Day of Prayer for Peace

 — September 20, 201620 sept. 2016

Following the common lunch in the Sacred Convent of the Franciscans in Assisi, at approximately 15:15, the Pope met individually His Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople; His Holiness Ignatius Ephrem II, Patriarch of Antioch Syrian Orthodox His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Church of England; Professor Zygmut Bauman, sociologist and philosopher (Poland); Professor Din Syamsuddin, chairman of the Ulema Council, (Indonesia); Chief Rabbi David Rosen (Israel).

At 16:00, the representatives of different religions prayed for peace in different places of Assisi. All Christians gathered in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis for an Ecumenical prayer during which all the countries of war are named and a candle is let for each country. The Holy Father then offers the following meditation:
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Posted: Sept. 20, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10386
Categories: NewsIn this article: Assisi, peace, Pope Francis
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Pope Francis exchanges greetings with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople as he arrives for an interfaith peace gathering at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. The peace gathering marks the 30th anniversary of the first peace encounter in Assisi in 1986

Religious leaders praise Patriarch Bartholomew as a great ecumenist

 — September 20, 201620 sept. 2016

As leaders of dozens of religions gathered in Assisi for dialogue and prayers for peace, they honored Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople as an exemplar of one who is so deeply rooted in his own religious tradition that he can reach out to others without fear.

Jewish, Anglican and Catholic leaders paid tribute to Patriarch Bartholomew as he was about to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his enthronement as spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians. Pope Francis was scheduled to participate in a celebratory luncheon for the patriarch Sept. 20 in Assisi.

The Assisi celebrations Sept. 18-20 were organized by the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, the Diocese of Assisi and the Franciscan friars.
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Posted: Sept. 20, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9553
Categories: CNSIn this article: Assisi, Bartholomew I, David Rosen, Justin Welby, peace, Pope Francis, prayer
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Pope Francis greets Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, at the Vatican. Between Sept. 15-22 leading Catholic and Orthodox bishops will come together in Italy to discuss key issues that are keeping their churches apart

Catholics, Orthodox meet to discuss synodality, papal primacy

 — September 16, 201616 sept. 2016

Leading Catholic and Orthodox bishops were meeting in Italy to continue discussions on the key issue keeping their Churches apart: the role of the bishop of Rome, the pope.

The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church was meeting in Chieti, September 15-22.

Participants were to discuss the draft document, “Towards a common understanding of synodality and primacy in the service to the unity of the Church,” which was finished during a meeting in Rome in 2015, the Vatican press office announced September 15.

Participants were being asked “to determine whether the draft accurately reflects the current consensus on the delicate question of the theological and ecclesiological aspects of primacy in its relation to synodality in the life of the Church or whether it will be necessary to continue to delve deeper into the issue,” said the Vatican communique.
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Posted: Sept. 16, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9566
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, petrine ministry, primacy, synodality
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, petrine ministry, primacy, synodality

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches in Syria, Iraq and and other parts of the Middle East

Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

 — September 15, 201615 sept. 2016

In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon law that Pope Francis approved in order to harmonize the laws of the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches on several issues involving the sacraments of baptism and marriage. After more than 15 years of study and worldwide consultation, the conflicting rules were resolved by adopting the Eastern code’s formulations for the Latin church as well, said Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. The bishop spoke to journalists Sept. 15 after the publication of an apostolic letter published “motu proprio” (on his own initiative) in which Pope Francis ordered the changes to the Latin Code of Canon Law, the 1983 text governing the majority of the world’s Catholics. In the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox traditions, the blessing of a priest is necessary for the validity of a marriage. In the Latin-rite church, a deacon can preside over the sacrament. The new law specifies, “Only a priest can validly assist at the matrimony of two Eastern parties or between a Latin and Eastern Catholic or non-Catholic,” meaning a member of an Orthodox Church.
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Posted: Sept. 15, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9520
Categories: CNSIn this article: canon law, Eastern churches, marriage, Pope Francis
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The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories

Alberta-NWT Catholic bishops issue guidelines for pastoral care of those who are divorced and remarried, and those considering euthanasia or assisted suicide

 — September 14, 201614 sept. 2016

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have issued some new guidance for priests, deacons, and pastoral workers in caring for individuals and families in difficult contemporary situations. One document aims to answer the call of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, particularly to assist priests in their duty to accompany those Catholics who are divorced and remarried without having received a decree of nullity. The other follows the legalization in Canada of assisted suicide and euthanasia (“Medical Assistance In Dying”), and focuses on spiritual and sacramental considerations in caring for individuals and families who may be considering death by these means. “The ultimate aim of these guidelines is to help the faithful understand the beautiful teachings of the Church on sacramental marriage, the dignity of the human person, and the inviolable sanctity of human life,” said Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, who serves as president of the Alberta-NWT Bishops. “We know that many Catholics, often due to the messages they receive through the secular culture, have come to some serious misunderstandings around life and family issues,” he said.
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Posted: Sept. 14, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9523
Categories: NewsIn this article: bishops, Catholic, divorce & remarriage, eucharist, euthanasia, pastoral care, physician assisted suicide
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