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Archive for category Ecumenism

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 Has Begun

It is great reason for rejoicing that the commemoration of 1517 is being celebrated by both Catholics and Protestants in an ecumenical spirit.

Hope for Shared Communion for Married Couples

Franz-Josef Bode, bishop of Osnabruck, wishes for the possibility of Communion for mixed-confession married couples.

What to Do With the Filioque

The filioque debate is a well known ecumenical issue. I give my ideas for a viable solution, mainly with regard to the liturgy.

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There Is a Lot Behind

The Coptic Church selects its pope by lot. What does that mean for the elected, the non-elected, and the electors?

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Papal Message to Ecumenical Patriarch for the Feast of St. Andrew

Today is the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron of the See of Constantinople, the see of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Continuing the longstanding tradition between the Bishop of Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarch, a formal delegation from the Vatican was present at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Following the Liturgy, a special message was […]

The Berlin Wall, Shoe Boxes, and Other Symbols in Ecumenical Liturgy

How to handle symbols in liturgy, how not to handle symbols in liturgy, and what this has to do with the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Did Luther Really Nail 95 Theses to the Chapel Door on October 31st?

Doubts first arose in 1961 as to whether the Catholic monk Luther really nailed a manifesto to the chapel door of a Castle in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517.

Text: Joint Declaration for the 500th anniversary of Reformation

Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Yunan, president of the Lutheran World Federation, signed the Joint Declaration at the Lutheran Cathedral of Lund, Sweden today.

Milestones in Papal Ecumenism: Part Ten

As was widely reported, today in Lund Sweden, Pope Francis and Bishop Mounib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) signed a Joint Statement on the occasion of the beginning of the year marking 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation. This signing was preceded by an ecumenical service presided over by […]

Live Broadcast: Pope in Sweden

Here’s the video of the service that took place today in the Lutheran Cathedral in Lund.