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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Priests Convene Ramadan Prayer in Churches [India]

    05/16/2022 7:45:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/11/22 | Jules Gomes
    Catholics mocked on Twitter after Muslims pray 'showing bum to cross'MUMBAI, India ( - Faithful Catholics are slamming the archbishop of Bombay after churches hosted Ramadan meals and prayers and rang church bells to usher in the breaking of the Islamic fast. Hindus ridiculed Catholics on social media as Muslims prayed with their backsides offensively thrust up towards the crucifix and the Blessed Sacrament in a church led by the Jesuits of the Bombay province. One-Way Street"Will the Muslim community reciprocate the gesture and allow Catholics to offer Holy Mass in their mosques?" Blaise Gomes, with the Association of Concerned...
  • Egypt - The Grand Mufti Shawki Allam: No Islamic Prohibition on Sharing "Fast-Breaking" Dinners with Christians During Ramadan

    05/04/2022 7:11:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 4/30/22
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - There are no provisions in the Koran and in the Sunnah that prohibit Muslims from sharing the evening meal of "breaking the fast" (Al-Fitr) with Christian friends, relatives or acquaintances during the Muslim month of fasting Ramadan. This is what is reported by Sheikh Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, current Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and finds space in the Egyptian media just as all the Islamic communities in the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al Fitr, the feast that concludes the holy month dedicated to fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Accepting food from...
  • Meeting Between Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis Postponed Due to Events of Recent Months - Russian Church

    04/23/2022 6:11:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/22/22
    Moscow, April 22, Interfax - The meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis, which presumably could have been held this coming summer, has been postponed due to problems caused by the international events of the past few months, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said. "The events of the past two months necessitated adjustments to the plans and postponement of the meeting," Metropolitan Hilarion told reporters on Friday. "Too many problems would now arise during its preparations" in terms of security, logistics, coverage of the meeting in the public space,...
  • Vatican Mulling Jerusalem Meeting Between Pope, Russian Patriarch -Sources

    04/14/2022 7:00:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/22 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, April 11 (Reuters) - The Vatican is studying the possibility of extending Pope Francis' trip to Lebanon in June so he can fly to Jerusalem to meet there Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who has backed Russia's war in Ukraine, two sources told Reuters on Monday. It would be only their second meeting. Their first, in Cuba in 2016, was the first between a pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Great Schism that split Christianity into Eastern and Western branches in 1054. Kirill, 75, has given his full-throated blessing for Russia's invasion of Ukraine,...
  • Russian Church Assumes Meeting Between Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis May Take Place in Middle East

    04/13/2022 7:22:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/22
    Moscow, April 11, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church cannot yet report the exact time and venue of a meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis, but says it may take place in the Middle East. "From the very beginning, the Pope and the Patriarch wanted to meet where there are problems, where the Christian population needs support, so, of course, the Middle East is seen as one of the priority areas for such a meeting," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said during the Church and World program on...
  • Pope Planning to Visit Kazakhstan

    04/12/2022 6:45:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/22
    Nur-Sultan, April 11, Interfax - Pope Francis in a conversation with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has confirmed his intention to pay an official visit to Nur-Sultan and take part in the Congress of Leaders of World Religions, the Kazakh presidential press service said. "The Pope expressed his gratitude to the president for the opportunity to meet, and confirmed his official visit to Kazakhstan, and that he will attend the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions as well. He said he had high expectations for his upcoming visit and participation in the forum," Tokayev said in a statement...
  • Archdiocese of Chicago Will Join with the Muslim Community to Mark the Breaking of the Ramadan Fast at the 23rd Annual Muslim-Catholic Iftar on Tues., April 5, 2022, at the Islamic Foundation North in Libertyville

    04/06/2022 6:47:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, and Catholic Charities CEO Sally Blount will each offer remarks.Chicago - (April 5, 2022) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will join with the Muslim community to mark the end of the Ramadan fast at the 23rd Annual Muslim-Catholic Iftar dinner and program on Tues., April 5, 2022, from 6 – 8:15 p.m. at the Islamic Foundation North, 1751 O’Plaine Rd., in Libertyville. Sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), the annual interfaith Iftar commemorates breaking the Ramadan fast, observing maghrib prayer and sharing a festive dinner and program. The...
  • Saint Pontius Pilate {in the Coptic and Ethiopian church}

    04/01/2022 10:21:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Generalist ^ | 16 November 2021
    The Ethiopian and Coptic Orthodox Churches hold that Pontius Pilate, the governor who condemned Jesus Christ to death, later converted to Christianity himself. So they revere Pilate as a saint. Pontius Pilate is a curious character in the New Testament. He is the symbol of Rome’s authority in Judaea, and yet he declines to punish Jesus for insurrection against that authority. When the Sanhedrin present their prisoner to him, Pilate cross-examines him and then famously declares to the crowd: Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. John 19:4 Pilate...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Hopes Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis Will Meet this Year

    03/30/2022 6:36:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/28/22
    Moscow, March 28, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church hopes that a new meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis will take place this year. "Preparations are being made for a meeting between the pope and the patriarch, which will take place this year. It will be an offline meeting," Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said on the program Church and the World on Rossiya-24 TV. According to earlier reports, the patriarch and the pope conducted a videoconference on the situation in Ukraine on March 16. Metropolitan Hilarion said the online meeting had to...
  • New Principles Set Out the Duty of Care to the LGBT+ Faithful [UK]

    03/26/2022 6:22:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Times ^ | 3/23/22 | Ed Thornton
    SIX “safeguarding principles” have been published by the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives, designed to protect people who are rejected by their religious communities because of their sexuality or gender identity. The principles were published on Tuesday evening, at the end of a two-day conference in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, hosted by the commission, which was launched in late 2020 (News, 18 December 2020). The conference was attended by more than 150 religious leaders, academics, and lay leaders “from a range of faith backgrounds and 30 countries”, a statement said. These included the Primate of Canada, Dr...
  • Indonesia Invites Pope Francis and Grand Imam al-Tayeb

    03/12/2022 5:13:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/10/22 | Mathias Hariyadi
    The announcement came from Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Quomas. Last week, Vatican sources confirmed a papal visit to Timor-Leste. For the Bishops’ Conference, “interreligious dialogue is fundamental”.Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas plans to invite Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb to Indonesia. He made the announcement during the national conference of the Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia, held in Bali from 6 to 9 March. The Commission’s president, Archbishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono of Palembang, and its secretary, Father Agustinus Heri Wibowo, were present at the meeting. Minister...
  • Top Vatican Official Casts Doubt on Second Francis-Kirill Meeting

    03/11/2022 6:27:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | 3/10/22 | Elise Ann Allen
    ROME – In new comments to Italian media, the Vatican’s Secretary of State has said recent remarks by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will only make tensions in the Russia-Ukraine war worse, and said a second meeting with the pope is unlikely. Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin also spoke of his recent phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying the conversation proved to be unhelpful. Speaking to Italian media at the close of an event called Sui Tetti, or “On the Rooftops,” March 9, Parolin said “Kirill’s words do not favor and do not promote an understanding.” “On the contrary,...
  • Protestant Geneva Cathedral Packed for First Catholic Mass Since 1535

    03/08/2022 6:21:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 3/7/22 | Tom Heneghan
    The cathedral’s last Mass in 1535 ended in turmoil as priests were chased out and statues and other “idolatrous” items thrown after them. The Protestant St Peter’s Cathedral in Geneva, where John Calvin preached the Reformation, has hosted its first Catholic Mass in almost five centuries, with clerics from the once-opposed denominations sharing Lenten ashes in a sign of ecumenical harmony. The ceremony in the Swiss city’s cathedral, Catholic in the 12th century when it was founded and Protestant since 1535, was planned for 2020 but could not be held because of the pandemic. About 1,500 people filled the cathedral...
  • Muslim Prayer Profanes Iconic Paris Church

    02/11/2022 6:38:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/11/22 | Jules Gomes
    Converts blast blasphemy linking Islamic 'Maryam' with Catholic 'Mary' PARIS ( - A respected Islamic scholar and Parisian Catholic priest is condemning the recitation of the Koran and Muslim prayer in Paris' largest church as the "abandonment of evangelization" and the "introduction of the Antichrist." Father Guy Pagès' censure is being echoed by Parisian Muslim converts, who face the death penalty for apostasy from Islam — including a former high-ranking Islamic jurist who confessed to engaging in interfaith events "only to sanitize the true face of Islam in preparation for jihad." Catholics were shocked by the Muslim–Catholic celebration hosted by...
  • Prominent Christian Rapper 'Phanatik' of The Cross Movement Publicly Renounces Christianity [see Comment]

    01/23/2022 6:33:32 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 120 replies ^ | January 21, 2022 | Milton Quintanilla
    Goodwin was one of the co-founders of the influential Christian rap group The Cross Movement,..“I sent a letter to my church withdrawing my membership and saying that I am denouncing the Christian faith that I have believed, professed, proclaimed, and defended for the last 30 years,”...“I literally told God, ‘If I find one more thing in the scriptures that doesn’t have a good explanation without resorting to having to bend over backwards and hop over barrels to explain it—I might lose my faith,”...“It got to the point where the liberal dudes were the ones bringing the most comfort because they...
  • Beth Moore Takes The Road To Rome!

    01/21/2022 6:21:52 AM PST · by Old Yeller · 91 replies
    YouTube ^ | Spencer Smith
    More prophesy being fulfilled with one world religion.
  • Maine's Catholic Churches Continue Mass Attendance, While Ecumenical Group Urges Online Services

    01/12/2022 6:53:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/7/22 | Christine Rousselle
    Access to the Eucharist is one of the motivating factors for keeping churches open.PORTLAND, Maine — The Diocese of Portland will continue to permit attendance at Mass, even as the state’s Council of Churches has urged all services to move online in light of a recent surge in coronavirus cases. “This isn’t about sending care packages or Hallmark cards (though those are certainly nice),” said Maine Council of Churches Executive Director Jane Field in a statement published Jan. 4. “For starters, it’s about making the difficult and necessary decision to return to virtual online worship services only and refrain from...
  • In Photos: Azhar Grand Imam, Awqaf Minister Visit Coptic Cathedral to Offer Greetings on Christmas

    01/10/2022 6:09:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb and Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa on Tuesday paid a visit to the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo to offer greetings to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church on the occasion of Christmas. During the visit, Sheikh El-Tayyeb voiced hope that this new year could bring about more happiness and prosperity to the Egyptian people, asserting that all heavenly messages have several moral commons. He asserted that greetings in such occasions are part of the Islamic philosophy which places high the human values and calls for maintaining brotherly ties. Meanwhile, the...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion: The Two Largest Christian Churches Must Cooperate - This is the Imperative of the Times

    01/04/2022 7:34:05 PM PST · by marshmallow
    On December 25th, 2021, on The Church and the World TV program shown on Saturdays and Sundays on “Rossiya-24”, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), answered questions fr om the anchor Ekaterina GrachevaE. Gracheva: Hello! This is the time of the program “The Church and the World” on the TV channel “Rossia 24”, where we talk weekly with the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Hello, Vladyka!Metropolitan Hilarion: Hello, Catherine! Hello dear brothers and sisters! E. Gracheva: Vladyka, the other day you were...
  • A brand new canon just appeared in the code of canon law on December 8

    12/20/2021 4:32:45 PM PST · by SubMareener · 14 replies
    A Priest's Life ^ | MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2021 | Father Kevin M. Cusick
    Here is what it says: “Can. 1373 A person who publicly incites among subjects animosities or hatred against the Apostolic See or an ordinary because of some act of power or ecclesiastical ministry or provokes subjects to disobey them is to be punished by an interdict or other just penalties.” This new canon was newly inserted into the code on December 8, 2021, just a few days before the responsa ad dubium in regard to the draconian, unprecedented and highly controversial Traditionis Custodes which makes clear that our Catholic tradition is no longer in favor in high places. I wonder...