Pope Francis today concluded a trip to Turkey where on Saturday, November 29, he participated in an ecumenical prayer in the Patriarchal Church of Saint George in Phanar, Turkey, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. At the conclusion of this prayer, Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis each gave a brief address to one another. On Sunday, […]
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Pope Francis and Giovanni Traettino On Monday, July 28, Pope Francis traveled to Caserta, Italy, and in an historical event met with nearly 350 Pentecostal Christians, among whom was the Rev. Giovanni Traettino, a friend of Pope Francis’s from his days as Cardinal Bergoglio. News stories about this visit can be found here and here. […]
A new joint document has been released in advance of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
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.
As reported by AsiaNews.it: The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I will attend Pope Francis’s inaugural Mass. The Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office informed AsiaNews about the decision, noting that this is the first time such an event occurs since the Catholic-Orthodox split in 1054, an important sign for Christian unity. The ecumenical patriarch will be accompanied by […]
Catholic Church and Four Reformed Denominations Agree to Recognize the Validity of Each Other’s BaptismsJan 30th, 2013 | By Bryan Cross | 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.”
A recent article points to a renewed effort on the part of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to seek unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The article begins with the following:
Earlier this year, Bishop Richard Gagnon of the Diocese of Victoria in British Columbia, received into the Catholic Church the members of the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman, formed by members of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada who were seeking full communion with the Catholic Church under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution […]
On her blog “Seasons of Grace,” Kathy Schiffer reports: “It’s been five years in the making, and this morning the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida will become Catholic….” For more information, please see the entire post.