Posts Tagged ‘Ecumenism’

Swiss cathedral’s first Catholic Mass since 1535

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

A Swiss cathedral’s first Catholic mass in nearly five hundred years will be celebrated at a cathedral in Geneva at the end of this month. The mass will be celebrated at Saint-Pierre de Genève Cathedral on 29 February. The last Mass celebrated at the cathedral took place in 1535. After the Reformation, it was taken Read more

Pope Francis wants full communion with Orthodox

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis, Sunday wished Patriarch Bartholomew a blessed feast of Saint Andrew and praised their shared friendship. He then went further, expressing his desire for full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Following a long-standing custom, the Holy See sent a delegation to Istanbul to celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew, the patron saint Read more

Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury to visit South Sudan together

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

November 13, at the Vatican, Pope Francis received His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. During the cordial talks, the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed that, if the political situation in the country should allow the establishment of a transitional government of national unity in the next 100 days, at the Read more

Goal of ecumenism is unity, not leveling differences

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

In an example of ecumenism in unity, Pope Francis and Orthodox Archbishop Job of Telmessos left mass together down the stairs under the main altar in St Peter’s Basilica and prayed together at St Peter’s tomb. Job was representing Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at the pope’s celebration of the feast of Sts Peter Read more

Don’t wait for theologians – share the Eucharist now

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Until now, church officials have always said theological agreement between the various Christian churches is needed before Christian unity or Eucharistic sharing could be possible. That may have changed during an in-flight press conference on Sunday as Pope Francis returned to Rome after visiting Romania. Asked what advice he could offer Romanians about the relationship Read more

Why the ecumenical movement is a historical event on par with the Reformation

Monday, November 13th, 2017
Thomas Reese curia reform

A hundred years ago, Catholics were not interested in celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, except to remember how a bunch of reformers led people astray. How times have changed! This year, Catholics, led by Pope Francis, are celebrating the Reformation with their fellow Christians. However, it is important that we not simply Read more

Anglican and Catholic theologians look at ordination rites

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting near Rome to discuss ordination rites in the two communions. The members of the Malines Conversation group also considered the ecumenical implications of Pope Francis’s recent document Amoris Laetitia. A communique issued after the encounter said the theologians from seven different countries discussed “contemporary and historic ordination rites”. Read more

Lutheran pastor says Pope opened door to intercommunion

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Rome’s Lutheran pastor and many in his flock believe Pope Francis has opened the door for intercommunion between Catholics and Lutherans. Pastor Jens Kruse of Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church told the National Catholic Register that Lutherans has felt this door was closed “for an eternity”. But last month, during a visit to Pastor Kruse’s church, Read more

Catholic-Anglican ecumenism pioneer was a paedophile

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A Church of England bishop given the Anglican equivalent of a saint’s feast day was a paedophile, the church has acknowledged. Bishop George Bell of Chichester, who died in 1958, sexually assaulted a child in the 1940s and 1950s. The Church of England has issued a formal apology to the victim, who wishes to remain Read more

Hopes for Anglicans to have Catholic Communion more often

Friday, October 16th, 2015

A UK archbishop has signalled that the circumstances under which Anglicans can receive Communion at Catholic Masses could be broadened. Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, who is Catholic co-chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) stressed he was expressing a “personal view”. In an interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette, he said Read more