Sweden’s first ecumenical spiritual retreat will see Catholics and Lutherans participating in a series of encounters on the theme “God’s inner dwelling. Peace in times of crisis and fear”.
The German Bishops’ head has said he will seek a world synod on issues such as the ordination of women and blessings for gay couples.
The Vatican has exiled Italian ecumenical pioneer Enzo Bianchi from the monastery he founded, the Community of Bose, over governance issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new urgency to adopting an “Economy of Life,” and global religious groups that represent millions of people are saying now is the time.
The Catholic Churches of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, despite widespread condemnation, are still planning to hold a public Mass on May 16 in Sarajevo for Croatia’s pro-Nazi collaborators and civilians killed by communist partisans at the end of World War II.
German Churches have criticised EU migration and refugee policy, calling it, in its extremes, “incompatible with human dignity”.
During his catechesis at the weekly General Audience, streamed due to coronavirus, Pope Francis stressed the connection between the Annunciation and the “Gospel of Life”.
A Catholic and Protestant community in Germany is making the idea of “ecumenical congregations” a reality.
Theologian: “Can we say the Eucharist is a meal of welcome and then not share it with all the baptised?”
Pope Francis has sent His Holiness Neophyte, Metropolitan of Sofia and Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria, the relics of Saint Clement, Pope and martyr, and Saint Potitus, martyr.
The coronavirus threat has forced the postponement of the first ‘ecumenical Mass’ in the Geneva cathedral in 500 years.
“Catholics must learn from the faith and the expressions of faith and holiness in other Churches”, the Archbishop of Dublin has said.
Pope Francis today said he is in “mourning” and “deeply affected” by the “terrible act of violence” in Hanau, Germany.
The annual meeting of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) was hosted by the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, and at the nearby Chateau de Bossey from 6-7 February.
Pope Francis offered his blessings to the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union and to the Conference of European Churches.
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) held their annual joint staff meeting on 14 January in Geneva.
Pope Francis has urged Christans in a prayer service at the Roman Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls for the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity “to listen to the small and the weak”, because “it is often the weakest who bring the most important message of salvation”.
COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, is “annoyed” not to have been included in the new Brussels Conference on the Future of Europe, according to sources.
The head of the Protestant Churches in Germany has said he sees Cardinal Reinhard Marx as an “ally” in his search for shared communion.
Protestants have been invited to take communion at the first Catholic Mass in a Geneva cathedral since the Reformation, to be held next month.
This morning’s General Audience took place in the Paul VI Hall, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world.
“We are called to pray, so that all Christians will become one family again, to witness together love for Christ”: this is what Fr. Anthony Currer, official of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, says in a conversation with Agenzia Fides.
“Those who show hospitality grow richer, not poorer”, the Pope has told the group of Finnish Lutherans he met today in an audience, urging them to go out to attend to “those who are shipwrecked in life”.
A German bishop has kicked the can down the road on Catholics sharing Communion with Protestants, but theologians are still hopeful that intercommunion between the denominations can one day become a reality.
An Italian bishop has pioneered an ecumenical Mass without a public recitation of the Creed so as not to offend non-Catholic guests.
The head of the German Protestant Church has received death threats for his plans to float a Church-sponsored ship to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean.
The material designed for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is to denounce the “cold forces of indifference” towards migrants and refugees.
A German Catholic bishop has welcomed the proposal of a Protestant counterpart to establish ecumenical congregations across denominational lines.