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Archive for category Ecumenism

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.

Milestones in Papal Ecumenism: Part Nine

The significance of a joint service, with both the Pope and the president of the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Nikolas Schneider, jointly presiding and both giving the final blessing, in Erfurt should not be under estimated.

Milestones in Papal Ecumenism: Part Eight

“It is the Lord’s commandment, but also the imperative of the present hour, to carry on dialogue with conviction at all levels of the Church’s life.”

Milestones in Papal Ecumenism: Part Seven

The importance of this shared communion agreement cannot be overstated…