“When will it end?”, the US National Council of Churches has cried after two more “horrific” shootings of Black men by police.
In a joint document released Thursday, the Vatican and the World Council of Churches urged humanity to embrace a philosophy of “daring and caring” to heal the post-COVID-19 world.
In a message for the Season of Creation from September 1 to October 4, the presidents of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco and the Reverend Christian Krieger respectively, have stressed the need for a “just and sustainable balance” in society, the economy and ecology.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) mourns the loss of Protopresbyter Boris Bobrinskoy, one of the best-known Orthodox theologians in France.
A strong sign for Christian ecumenism: the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx were awarded the 2020 Augsburg Peace Prize for their “unconditional will to live together in peace”.
As our modest little tribute to Pedro Casaldàliga – the Spanish-born ‘bishop of the poor’ of the Brazilian Amazon and indeed the world over who died Saturday at 92 – we at Novena are publishing texts from the prophet and poet in which he himself explains some of his visionary and intensely gospel-driven ideas for the Church and the world.
Pedro Casaldàliga – the Spanish-born Claretian missionary, prophet and voice of conscience to the world against all forms of injustice who served for over three decades as Bishop of São Félix do Araguaia in the Brazilian Amazon – died Saturday at the age of 92.
“The presence of even one nuclear weapon violates the core principles of our different faith traditions and threatens the unimaginable destruction of everything we hold dear”, a joint interfaith statement on the occasion of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversary has warned.
Prayer and charity: these are the two arms Pope Francis has repeatedly extended from the beginning of his pontificate to the “dear Ukrainian people”, especially to those afflicted by a 6-year war on the eastern border of the nation.
An Old Catholic bishop has said that the dogmas of papal primacy and papal infallibility have led the Roman Church to a “dead end”.
Challenges for human rights in the times of COVID-19 was a theme sharp in focus at the Conference of European Churches 7th Summer School on Human Rights.
Four global organizations representing some 500 million Christians have written an urgent letter to G20 leaders, calling for them to leave behind the current broken financial architecture and promote a truly just and sustainable recovery.
The head of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches has written to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing “grief and dismay” from WCC members at his decision to convert the world famous Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
An ecumenical delegation of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have met in Brussels on Tuesday, 7 July 2020, with Mr. Michael Clauss, Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU, to exchange on the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
A priest theologian has questioned the veto on Eucharistic hospitality, saying that as Christians “if we talk about unity, but do not eat together, we are not being truly human”.
This year, due to the pandemic of the coronavirus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate was unable to send a delegation to the Church of Rome on the occasion of her Thronal Feast, the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, on 29 June 2020.
The Turkish Council of State today postponed its decision on whether to overturn the 86-year-old legal provisions ensuring neutral museum status to the Hagia Sophia, the ancient Christian basilica turned mosque turned museum, and to allow the site to be transformed into a mosque again.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the world’s Orthodox Christians, has warned that the proposed conversion of the museum of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque “will disappoint millions of Christians” and “fracture” the East and the West.
This year in the city of Antakya, Catholics, Orthodox and apostolic Armenians will not be able to live together the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
In his Angelus today after his Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis denounced the “solitude of the elderly”, treated as “discarded material”, as a “tragedy of our times”, and urged that the life of children and grandchildren be given “as a gift” to older people.
The leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (Istanbul), recently expressed his concern over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans to convert the Hagia Sophia basilica into a mosque.
“Communion in Differences”. A new path of study to form and encourage ecumenical dialogue between the different Christian confessions in the spirit of the “culture of encounter” so often desired by Pope Francis.
Ukrainian Christians have weighed in on the push to turn the museum of the mosque-basilica of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul back into a mosque again, saying that the “neutral status” of the monument is the “key to friendship” between the Muslim and Christian religions.
The Council for World Mission, a global partnership of 32 member Churches, has called on Christians worldwide to “rise up” against the “pandemic” of racial injustice revealed by the George Floyd murder.
The Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople Sahak II Mashalian has endorsed the idea of restoring the status of a place of worship to the mosque-basilica of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, today visited by tourists as a simple museum.
A choral invocation for those affected by COVID-19, for those who still suffer – in Italy and in the world – due to the pandemic and its social and economic consequences and for solidarity and social justice was raised yesterday afternoon from the cloister of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has joined the growing chorus of voices for more women’s leadership in Church, saying that the matter is “urgent”.
The Turkish Council of State, in a session next Thursday July 2, will consider opening the monumental complex of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to Islamic worship again.
The movement to lift the excommunication still hanging over Protestant reformer Martin Luther is gathering steam, with one Catholic theologian explaining that such a move would be an “important ecumenical sign”.