Category - ecumenism

  • 10 May 2013

    In a panel discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in Hamburg, the WCC General Secretary has expressed positive hopes for the leadership of Pope Francis.

  • 22 Mar 2013

    We have begun to learn something of the varied influences that have shaped the new pontiff. What is required from the new pope today, says Dr Harry Hagopian, is more than an evocative name and a humble posture. Catholicism also needs someone who can bringing a cleansing brush to bear on tired structures, on the abuse scandal, and on the existential, ecclesial, structural, ecumenical and global challenges that Christians face in a fast-changing world. It is a monumental task, but which many hope the first Jesuit pontiff can begin and lead.

  • 20 Mar 2013

    The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has attended the mass in which Pope Francis was installed on 19 March.

  • 15 Mar 2013

    The election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis has evoked diverse reactions from ecumenical leaders in the Latin America region

  • 14 Mar 2013

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has offered his "warmest welcome" to the former Cardinal Bergoglio on his election as Pope Francis.

  • 7 Mar 2013

    A major ecumenical statement on the nature and purpose of the church, the broadest ever created, has been launched by the WCC in Geneva.

  • 5 Mar 2013

    “Discrimination and statelessness live side by side; it is no coincidence that most stateless people belong to racial, linguistic and religious minorities.” So says the communique issued at the end of the World Council of Churches consultation on stateless people held in Washington DC from from 27 February to 1 March 2013. This is the full document, made available by the WCC.

  • 19 Feb 2013

    A Roman Catholic Church delegation has led prayers at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of discussions with the WCC.

  • 12 Feb 2013

    One of the possibly unintended consequences of Benedict’s announcement that he is to step down as Pope - something unprecedented in the modern era - is that it might set in motion a dynamic that creates renewed opportunities for ecumenical dialogue by offering a new perspective on the role and place of the papacy, writes long time observer Dr Stephen Brown. He offers an assessment of both the plusses and minuses of the pontiff's period in office from the perspective of inter-Christian relations.

  • 21 Jan 2013

    “It is impossible to speak exclusively for the unity of the church and be indifferent about the unity of humankind,” says a senior Greek Orthodox theologian.