Posts Tagged ‘Christian Unity’

Ecumenism 25 years on Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Ecumenism

Twenty-five years ago, St. John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, “Ut Unum Sint,” put the papal seal of approval on a shift in the Catholic Church’s approach to the search for Christian unity. For the 30 years from the Second Vatican Council to the publication of St. John Paul’s encyclical May 25, 1995, official ecumenical Read more

When Americans tried to reunite Christianity Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther, a German monk, initiated a split in Christianity that came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. After the Reformation, deep divisions between Protestants and Catholics contributed to wars, hostility and violence in Europe and America. For centuries, each side denounced the other and sought to convert its followers. Then, in the early 1900s, Read more

The second Reformation – joyfully together again Comments 0

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Hundreds packed Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday to witness what could be described as a second Reformation. The crowd was witnessing New Zealand’s formal commitment to healing the divisions of the Reformation: the 500 year-long separation of Lutherans and Catholics. The atmosphere was joyful, positive and affirming as Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Cardinal Read more

Lutherans and Catholics a step closer to unity Comments 0

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Lutherans

The movement towards healing the 500 years of separation between Lutherans and Roman Catholics takes a step closer in New Zealand next week. On Sunday 4 June Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Cardinal John Dew will open a formal dialogue for the two Christian denominations with a combined ecumenical service in Sacred Heart Cathedral to Read more

Reformation, Catholics and today’s unity Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

The Reformation’s 500th jubilee is important to Catholics as well as Protestants, says Sr Joyce Ann Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a Sister of the Precious Blood, and a professor of liturgy from Dayton, Ohio. Although the Catholic Church has been involved in a number of divisions over the millennia – including the Protestant Reformation – it Read more

World Council of Churches General Secretary Visits New Zealand Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, opened his ecumenical and interfaith tour of New Zealand and Australia on 6 October. The first stop was Auckland with a powhiri at Te Karaiti Te Pou Herenga Waka Maori Anglican church in Mangere. Tveit will visit the region between Read more

Christians in Ukraine face violence with unity Comments 0

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Ukrainian Christians are facing violence with a unified front. “To overcome conflicts, to fight hatred with goodness, and to make Ukraine a free and European country: these are the tasks of the Catholic Church in Ukraine”, according to a priest with knowledge of the situation. Christians in Ukraine are facing a difficult experience. Despite the Read more

Pope Francis to Ethiopian Patriarch: Martyrs seed of Christian unity Comments 0

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Pope Francis urged world leaders to “promote peaceful coexistence” in the face of “a devastating outbreak of violence against Christians” on Monday, when he received the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Pope Matthias I, in the Vatican. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is the largest of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, which rejected the Read more

Catholic priest’s funeral Mass to be in Anglican church Comments 0

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The funeral Mass of an English Catholic priest is to be celebrated in an Anglican church in recognition of the work he did to bring Christians together. Canon Brian O’Sullivan of Arundel and Brighton diocese died on August 21. The Anglican Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has approved the unusual funeral move in recognition Read more

Pope backs closer Christian ties before theologians agree Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Pope Francis has said Christians from different denominations should work for closer ties without waiting for theologians to agree on everything. He told Pentecostal bishops visiting him in Rome that Catholics and Evangelicals should “walk together”. Focussing on differences amounts to “sinning against God’s will”, the Pope said. He said Christians should not wait for Read more