This year, the Week of Action to Fight Inequality (18-25 Jan. 2019) coincides with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which has as its theme for 2019, “justice and only justice you shall pursue” (Deut. 16,18-20).
As it concluded its meeting in Cyprus, held from 9-16 January, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly Planning Committee (APC) released a report to the WCC Executive Committee detailing building blocks for the 11th WCC Assembly, to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2021.
A study group from the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission met at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute from 8-12 January to continue ongoing work on the reception of response to “The Church Toward a Common Vision”.
From 18-25 January, Christians will embark on the largest prayer gathering in the world, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Whether praying together, exchanging preachers or planning ecumenical services, they will bear witness to Jesus’s prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe.”
Pope Francis presided at Vespers for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
This question has been asked many times. Most Orthodox, in attempting to distinguish between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, usually mention the Pope or Purgatory, sometimes the filioque. Historically, the differences, however, are far more numerous and quite profound.
When we, the community of baptized Christians, find ourselves confronted with disagreements and turn towards the merciful face of Christ to overcome it, it is reassuring to know that we are doing as Saint Paul did in one of the very first Christian communities.
A symbolic wall was torn down representing the desire of the assembled denominations to unite as God's people Korean Christians united in prayer service.
Vietnam (Jan. 21, 2017) An ecumenical gathering between Lutherans and Catholics in Ho Chi Minh City is part of an ongoing process of reconciliation.
Ecumenical efforts are being met with indifference, despite some 'milestones' being achieved
He said the division between Catholics and Lutherans was “perpetuated historically by the powerful of this world” rather than by the faithful people of God.
Among the topics Pope Francis and Brother Alois discussed were the welcome of young people in Taizé, the international meetings organized by the community, and the search for Christian unity.
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