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Lumen Fidei: A Forum for Ecumenical Dialogue

Jul 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

This past Friday, July 5, Pope Francis released his first encyclical letter, titled Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith). In this letter he notes that Pope Benedict had “almost completed a first draft of an encyclical on faith,” and adds “as his brother in Christ I have taken up his fine work and added a […]


Virtue and Dialogue: Ecumenism and the Heart

Jun 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A number of years ago, before I became Catholic, I received a phone call from a moderator of a private internet discussion group to which I had belonged for nine years, informing me that I was being removed from the group. The news was painful. Officially I was being removed because of my views, which […]


Pope Francis on Unity in the Body of Christ

Jun 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Unity in the News

On Wednesday, June 18, in his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the nature of the Church as the Body of Christ, and the importance of unity in the Body. Toward the end, he described meeting with an evangelical pastor that very morning, and praying together with him for unity.


Welcome, Joshua Lim!

Apr 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Called To Communion is delighted to welcome Joshua Lim to our team of contributors.


Jason Stellman Tells His Conversion Story

Mar 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Regular readers of Called To Communion are familiar with Jason Stellman. In September of last year we posted an article he wrote for us titled “I Fought the Church, and the Church Won.” In November of last year, I interviewed Jason regarding his conversion from Presbyterian pastor to Catholic, and posted the podcast of that […]


Habemus Papam!

Mar 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Habemus Papam! Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected to be the successor of Pope Benedict XVI, and has chosen the name Francis, the first pope to take the name ‘Francis.’ He is also the first Latin American pope, and the first Jesuit pope. John Allen writes of him, “Bergoglio’s reputation for personal simplicity also […]


The Papacy and the Catholic Act of Faith

Feb 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

On Friday, April 22, 2005, I was sitting at my desk at Saint Louis University, trying to think of a good remaining reason not to be Catholic. I had been investigating the Catholic question intensely for over a year, and one by one I had been discovering that my objections were largely based on straw […]


Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feb 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, when Mary and Joseph, forty days after the birth of Jesus, brought Him from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to present Him to God in the Temple in fulfillment of the law of Moses. On this day, Mary handed the Infinite One (Infinity itself) to an old […]


Catholic Church and Four Reformed Denominations Agree to Recognize the Validity of Each Other’s Baptisms

Jan 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Last night, in Austin, Texas, representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ signed a document titled “These Living Waters: Common Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Baptism.”


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day Eight, “Walking in Celebration”

Jan 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today is the eighth and final day in the Week (Octave) of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is also the feast of the conversion of St. Paul the Apostle on the road to Damascus. Thirty years ago today, January 25, 1983, at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Blessed Pope John […]