Category - Pope

  • 11 Feb 2013

    Ecumenical advisor, Middle East analyst and political consultant Dr Harry Hagopian, who is also an Ekklesia associate, has been doing the round of television stations today (11 February 2013), commenting on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the wider implications of the decision about who will succeed him.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    Not long before he died in August last year (2012), the Catholic Archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini's final comments on the Church were that its leadership was “200 years out of date” - bureaucratic, pompous, autocratic, inflexible and seemingly remote from the spirit of Christ on key issues.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    “We have to respect fully the decision of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to resign,” the general secretary of the World Council of Churches said today.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    While paying tribute to Pope Benedict XVI, as expected, British church leaders are among those signalling an expectation of change in the papacy.

  • 25 Dec 2012

    Pope Benedict's traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas address from St Peter's Rome wished peace and justice for Syria and other troubled parts of the globe.

  • 24 Dec 2012

    While Christians should indeed examine social and cultural changes critically, the fearfulness of the Pope about shifting attitudes to gender and sexual orientation seems excessive, says Savitri Hensman. Christmas should be a time of celebration in response to God’s generous love, through which barriers are broken down and humanity’s potential fulfilled.

  • 6 Nov 2012

    The World Council of Churches has sent greetings to the new pope of the Egyptian Coptic Church, the largest Christian community in the Arab world.

  • 31 Oct 2012

    A special service has been held in London this week to commemorate the Coptic Feast of Nayrouz, marking the new Coptic Year.

  • 23 Mar 2012

    'Church leaders' are easily (if not inevitably) mired in politics, expectation and institutional intrigued. Those that shine through do so because of the pre-eminent qualities of love, commitment and example. This is one of the personal lesson Dr Harry Hagopian draws from the life of Pope Shenouda III, the highly respected Coptic Orthodox leader, who died recently.

  • 22 Mar 2012

    His trip to Cuba will be the pontiff's second visit to Latin America, home to almost half of the world's Catholics. Benedict XVI visited Brazil in 2007.