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  • Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah (Judaism)

    Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah (Judaism)

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The holiday of Sukkot is followed by an independent holiday called "Shemini Atzeret." In Israel, this is a one-day holiday; in the Diaspora it is a two-day holiday, and the second day is known as "Simchat Torah." This holiday is characterized by utterly unbridled joy, which surpasses even the joy of Sukkot.

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  • Souccot ou fête des cabanes (Judaisme)

    Souccot ou fête des cabanes (Judaisme)

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Souccot est la fête des Cabanes est l'une des fêtes les plus joyeuses de la tradition juive; elle est d'ailleurs appelée Époque du Réjouissement dans la prière. La fête de Souccot débute le 15 du mois juif de Tishri (octobre) et dure sept jours, dont les deux premiers sont chômés. Elle est immédiatement suivie par la fête de Chemini Atseret.

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  • Mission with humility, justice and inclusivity

    Mission with humility, justice and inclusivity

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    What is the new mission statement and what does it aim to achieve? Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) explains what new visions the WCC mission statement will bring to the churches.

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  • Ecumenical response to HIV and sexual violence in Angola

    Ecumenical response to HIV and sexual violence in Angola

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Sandemba, an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola, leads a congregation of 1500 members in the town of Viana. She has been associated with the Council of Christian Churches in Angola (CICA) with their women’s desk, and currently works closely with the Lusophone regional office of EHAIA based in Luanda, Angola.

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  • Archbishop of Canterbury and Orthodox patriarch to join Vatican II celebration

    Archbishop of Canterbury and Orthodox patriarch to join Vatican II celebration

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the Archbishop of Canterbury will join Pope Benedict XVI’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, it was announced today.

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  • Christ’s disciples must give an authentic witness of their unity

    Christ’s disciples must give an authentic witness of their unity

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Yesterday evening (16 Sept 2012) the Holy Father met with Orthodox Patriarchs, representatives of Protestant communities and Catholic Patriarchs of Lebanon. The encounter took place at the Syrian Catholic Patriarchate in Charfet, Beirut, famous for its library which contains more than 3,000 manuscripts in Syriac and Arabic.

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  • Egypt: Solidarity in action among Churches

    Egypt: Solidarity in action among Churches

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Ecumenical meeting of Bishop-Friends of the Focolare in Cairo (3-8 September 2012). Cordial friendships with Coptic Orthodox Christians.

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  • Ecumenism is of `primary importance` to pope

    Ecumenism is of 'primary importance' to pope

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Benedict XVI's decision to meet with his former students for a discussion about ecumenical relations, especially Catholic relations with Anglicans and Lutherans, demonstrates the importance he gives the search for Christian unity, said Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna.

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  • Divisions within Christianity

    Divisions within Christianity

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    There is little doubt that in apostolic times the word “Church” had a twofold sense, as it referred both to the local and to the universal Christian community, so that the unity of the Church existed within the pluriformity of local Churches. There was an awareness among Christians that they participated in a shared memory of Jesus and a common confession of faith...

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  • The Ecumenical Movement

    The Ecumenical Movement

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    However, it was only in the last century that the ecumenical movement took on more concrete forms. The present article looks at how the contemporary form of ecumenism emerged and the events which led to the formation of the various bodies of the ecumenical movement.

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  • What is Ecumenism?

    What is Ecumenism?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Unity belongs to the mystery of the Church. It has to be revealed to us fully in the course of history. Today Christians are encouraged to pray and work and suffer for Church unity “as Christ wants it, and in the way he wants it,” as the Unity Prayer often puts it.

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  • WCC calls on churches to observe International Day of Prayer for Peace

    WCC calls on churches to observe International Day of Prayer for Peace

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The World Council of Churches calls on the churches and congregations around the world to observe an International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September. The day coincides with the International Day of Peace initiated by the United Nations.

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  • Holy Father recalls Ecumenical initiatives of Patriarch Athenagoras, and of Popes John XXIII and Paul VI

    Holy Father recalls Ecumenical initiatives of Patriarch Athenagoras, and of Popes John XXIII and Paul VI

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Vatican City (28 June 2012) - This morning in the Vatican, in a traditional meeting for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles, Benedict XVI received a delegation sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The Church of Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople traditionally exchange visits for the feasts of their respective patrons.

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  • Ecumenical theological education

    Ecumenical theological education

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Theological education and ministerial formation educate church and community leaders, theologians and theological educators, and influence the directions in which churches move, or do not move, in mission, evangelism, diakonia, koinonia, ministry and ecumenism.

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  • WCC calls to strengthen Christian theology in higher education

    WCC calls to strengthen Christian theology in higher education

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The role and relevance of Christian theological studies in public and private universities, as well as seminaries was at the forefront of a recent three-day consultation in Granavollen, Norway. Some 45 representatives of theological schools and associations from around the world attended.

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  • Indian Ecumenical Christian Delegation visits Israel to Promote Pilgrimage

    Indian Ecumenical Christian Delegation visits Israel to Promote Pilgrimage

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Israel Ministry of Tourism recently invited an ecumenical delegation of Indian church leaders to celebrate Lent in Israel. The delegation was headed by Mumbai Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias. The objective of the visit was to foster good relations between India's Christian community and the State of Israel and to promote tourism between the two countries.

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  • Anglicans and Catholics conclude groundbreaking meeting in Hong Kong

    Anglicans and Catholics conclude groundbreaking meeting in Hong Kong

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, or ARCIC 3, has concluded a week long meeting hosted by the Anglican mission to seafarers in Hong Kong.

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  • EATWOT - Who We Are?

    EATWOT - Who We Are?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians – EATWOT - is an association of men and women committed with the struggle for the liberation of Third World peoples, by promoting new models of theology for a religious pluralism, social justice and peace.

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  • World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (28 May - 3 June 2012)

    World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (28 May - 3 June 2012)

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together in 2012 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.

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  • Letter to the WCC member churches at Easter 2012

    Letter to the WCC member churches at Easter 2012

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The barriers between heaven and earth were broken and the grace of God abundantly flowed to us. When the Resurrected Lord came to his disciples, the first words he used to address them were, “Peace be with you!” The same words are “said again” (John 20:20) immediately afterwards. Rarely in the Gospels does our Lord repeat twice the same words.

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  • “Mission from the margins” explored at CWME event

    “Mission from the margins” explored at CWME event

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    On 23 March, the event in Manila focused on the theme “Mission from the margins: Salt for earth”. The discussions were part of developing draft of a statement on mission and evangelism titled “Together towards life: mission and evangelism in changing landscapes”...

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  • Church to renew its thinking on mission and evangelism

    Church to renew its thinking on mission and evangelism

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    With more than 200 participants from around the globe, an event of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) starts today in Manila, the Philippines.

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  • Ecumenical Retreat House

    Ecumenical Retreat House

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    With close collaboration between the Catholic and Evangelical churches, and financial support from various public and private institutions, the cloister of a Cistercian monastery was restored, which now will bring together people in search of prayer, silence, and peace.

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  • Christian self-understanding in the context of indigenous religions

    Christian self-understanding in the context of indigenous religions

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    These included the Christian understanding of God; Land/Creation; Christology; Scripture; Justice; Church; Mission; Prayer and Spirituality. Through a mixture of sharing of experiences, presentation of short papers and discussion we offered a number of insights and challenges for Christian self understanding in relation to each of these themes.

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  • An Ecumenical visit to The Mennonite Church

    An Ecumenical visit to The Mennonite Church

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    On Sunday, January 22, the eve before first day of Lunar New Year Tet, Father Francis Xavier Bao Loc, Sister Anna of St. Paul, an Dominican seminary student, and this writer participated in an ecumenical Christian based visit between members of the Catholic Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Dialogs, and this writer, Grace Mishler, Church of the Brethren Global Mission Partnerships.

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  • An opportunity to understand Christian unity - the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Metho

    An opportunity to understand Christian unity - the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Metho

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Sts. Cyril and Methodius, of Byzantine origin and culture, preached and carried out a mission of inculturation of the Gospel in Slavic lands. They were held up as a model in a Mass celebrated on Tuesday in St. Clement's Church in Rome.

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  • A New Ecumenical Vision for the New Millennium

    A New Ecumenical Vision for the New Millennium

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    This discussion guide has been prepared for the workshops of the Seventh Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, convening January 3-12, 2000, at "BAAN PHU WAAN," the pastoral formation center of the Archdiocese of Bangkok, Samphran, Thailand. The theme of the Plenary is: "A Renewed Church in Asia: A Mission of Love and Service."

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  • WCC and the ecumenical movement in the 21st century

    WCC and the ecumenical movement in the 21st century

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The visible unity of the church is the central goal of the ecumenical movement. And while "visible unity" can be understood in various ways, it necessarily involves relationships between churches.

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