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On World Day of Prayer for Creation

The story of creation presents us with a panoramic view of the world. Scripture reveals that in the beginning God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.
 
At first, as we read in Genesis, “no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth and there was no one to till the ground” (2:5).
 

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Joint message from Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Day of Prayer for Creation

VATICAN (SE): While joint statements from popes and ecumenical patriarchs have a longish history, the most recent one signed by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is the first expressing the concern for the well-being of creation held by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. 

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Ecumenical pilgrimage marks anniversary of the Reformation

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, an ecumenical pilgrimage embarked from Hong Kong on a visit to the significant historical places in Germany connected with the split in the Christian faith and then moved onto Rome for an exposure to the leaders of the relationship mending movement of the modern day.
 
A total of 24 people from the Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic and Methodist Churches, as well as the Church of Christ in China, Tsung Tsin Mission and the Salvation Army joined the venture.
 

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An ecumenical pilgrim in Egypt

VATICAN (SE): Father Rafic Greiche described the recent visit of Pope Francis to the land of pharaohs and pyramids as a great blessing to the whole of Egypt, both Muslim and Christian.
 
“It boosted the morale of the Egyptian people, especially after the Palm Sunday blasts,” the spokesperson for the Catholic bishops of Egypt said.
 

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A blow for freedom must be used for freedom

MUMBAI (UCAN): This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, an event which changed the history of western Europe and much of the rest of the world.

At its heart is Martin Luther’s claim that the individual could seek and find God in the depths of his soul, not through obedience to a corrupt external Church structure. The first blow for freedom of choice, for freedom of conscience was struck here.

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Hopes for shared communion

ROME (SE): “I hope that the next declaration opens the way for shared Eucharistic communion in special cases,” Walter Cardinal Kasper said in expressing his hope for ecumenical progress through intercommunion.

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Bishops team up for ecumenical mission

VATICAN (SE): Fifty years ago the Anglican Centre was set up in Rome as a result of an historical meeting between Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey, the archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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A long-awaited embrace

HAVANA (SE): The embrace that Christianity has waited over 1,000 years to see became a reality on February 12 in a hangar at José Marti Airport in Havana, Cuba, as Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow put their arms around each other in a reconciliatory gesture.

The two described their historic greeting as an end to a millennium of division due to human weakness and sin, contradicting  Christ’s prayer that they may be one.

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