Called to Be Salt and Light: Open Up Space to Stand for Peace
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The Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Justice and Peace deplores the violence and cycle of reprisals in Palestine and Israel that is leading to thousands of lives lost and even more death, suffering, and trauma to come. We call on Christian communities across Canada to be salt and light in a way that opens up space to stand for peace with justice for all. ... Read more » ... lire la suite  ..read more
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Meeting Anglican primates, Pope Francis talks about overcoming divisions
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Unity within Christian communities and the unity of all the churches will grow only as believers draw closer to Jesus and learn to be honest in examining if they are listening to the Holy Spirit or to their own preferences, Pope Francis told leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion. "We are called to pray and to listen to one another, seeking to understand each other's concerns and asking ourselves, before enquiring of others, whether we have been docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit or prey to our own personal or group opinions," Pope Francis said May 2 as he welcomed to the Vatica ..read more
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Message of the Fourth Global Gathering of the Global Christian Forum
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The rain came with a cool breeze, driving away the humid heat through the open windows of the church. An auspicious blessing from God! So began the collective story of the 4th Global Gathering of the Global Christian Forum in Ghana, a country where Christianity is vibrant and thriving. An outpouring of hospitality and generosity characterised our time together from 16-19 April, 2024. The very first youth gathering in GCF’s history preceded the main Forum from 13-15 April. The diversity and vision of the young adults gave energy to their own conversations about justice, hope, and reconciliatio ..read more
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Baptism in Ecumenical Dialogue: Questions about the Trinitarian Formula
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With our recent celebration of the Easter Vigil in mind, it’s a good time to reflect on the ecumenical significance of baptism and offer a brief review of some of the dialogues that have taken place on this topic. From a Catholic perspective, the ecumenical significance of baptism is clearly affirmed in Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism, which states that: “all who have been justified by faith in baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers [and sisters] by the children of the Catholic Church” (#3 ..read more
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New Vatican document combines modern transparency with eternal teaching
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Two things struck me while reading Dignitas Infinita or "Infinite Dignity," the new declaration on surrogacy, gender and life from the Vatican released April 8 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. For one, the document sets a new standard for transparency about how it was written, and, second, it goes to lengths to impress on its readers how long the church has taught on these topics. The document, which applies church teaching to current threats to human dignity, makes clear that human dignity does not depend on wealth, intelligence, social status or abilities, but on the intrins ..read more
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Anglican Primate Linda Nicholls announces plans to retire in September 2024
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Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has announced that she will step down from her role on September 15, 2024. The canons of the Anglican Church of Canada require primates to retire upon reaching their 70th birthday. Archbishop Nicholls will reach mandatory retirement age in October. Archbishop Nicholls was elected as the 14th Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada on July 13, 2019. She was the first woman to hold the office in Canada and only the second in the Anglican Communion. Prior to her election, she served as Bishop of Huron (2016-2019) and Area Bi ..read more
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Anglican Council of General Synod expresses concerns on medical assistance in dying
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The Anglican Church of Canada's Council of General Synod (CoGS) has passed resolutions on the need for further discussion and education around medical assistance in dying (MAID), the formation of a discipleship and evangelism task force, and a review of the process by which ecclesiastical provinces elect CoGS representatives. General Synod last year referred all three resolutions to CoGS, which passed them at a March 9 online meeting held over Zoom. Resolution C003, on MAID, reaffirmed “the teaching of Scripture that life is a divine gift, the call of the Baptismal Covenant to ‘respect the di ..read more
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Copts suspend dialogue with Rome over same-sex blessings
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The Coptic Orthodox Church halts its theological dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church because of Vatican's publication of "Fiducia supplicans" The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria has made the momentous decision to suspend its two-decades-long doctrinal dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church after the Vatican recently approved blessings for same-sex couples, something Coptic officials have called a "heresy". The Holy Synod of the ancient, Egypt-based Church announced on March 7 that it had decided "to suspend the theological dialogue with the Catholic Church, re-evaluate the re ..read more
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Indigenous wisdom and science can work together to solve crises, pope says
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2M ago
The world's cultures, traditions, spiritualities and languages must be acknowledged, respected and protected, especially those of Indigenous peoples, Pope Francis said. The entire patrimony of human knowledge "should be employed as a means of overcoming conflicts in a nonviolent manner and combating poverty and the new forms of slavery," he said in remarks read by an aide March 14 to participants attending a workshop at the Vatican. The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of Social Sciences jointly sponsored a workshop March 14-15 on the knowledge of Indigenous peoples and the wor ..read more
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On recognition of ministries and the IARCCUM commissioning
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On January 25, at the annual ecumenical service in Rome that marks the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis spontaneously invited Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to offer remarks after Francis’ own homily. Archbishop Justin’s reflection constituted a second homily, though it was called a “discourse” in the Vatican media. Such an invitation had only been offered to Orthodox bishops in the past, so this marked a significant sign of welcome between two leaders who have become close collaborators in a number of projects. On previous occasions, Archbishop Justin and his ..read more
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