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Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

Jan 25, 2015 - 03:37 pm .- More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Want Christian unity? Deepen your own conversion, Pope says

Jan 24, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity, which is something that first requires personal conversion, holiness and prayer.

Pope Francis reaches out to schismatic Old Catholic Church

Nov 1, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- Despite continuing theological, ethical and ministerial differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the schismatic Old Catholic Conference, the two communions can continue to work together, Pope Francis counseled on Thursday.

Meeting Pope a sign of the early Church, seminarian reflects

May 26, 2014 - 05:19 am .- Dcn. Bernard Poggi, who is among the priests and religious slated to meet with Pope Francis in Jerusalem later today, stated that seeing the successor of Peter reminds him of the first apostles.

Vatican official sees 'warming-up' of Catholic-Orthodox relations

May 19, 2014 - 10:23 am .- A member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity affirmed the sentiments of many who believe that Catholic-Orthodox relations have improved in recent years, especially under Pope Francis.

'We are brothers,' Pope stresses in message to Pentecostals

Feb 25, 2014 - 09:23 am .- Pope Francis sent a video message to a gathering of U.S. Pentecostal leaders, voicing his “yearning” that separation between Catholics and other Christians may end.

Pope: We must persevere in working for Christian Unity

Jan 25, 2014 - 01:54 pm .- Pope Francis celebrated evening prayer at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity tonight, stressing the nature of ecumenism as a journey that requires perseverance.

Ecumenism a 'spiritual process' rooted in the Trinity, Pope says

Jan 18, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- Pope Francis met this week with members of an ecumenical delegation of Finnish Lutherans, encouraging them to work towards unity among all Christians.

Pope voices gratitude for group committed to Christian unity

Jan 11, 2014 - 05:32 pm .- Pope Francis met with an ecumenical scholarship organization on the morning of Jan. 11, thanking them for their dedication to the work of Christian unity.

Pope, Anglican archbishop: unity begins with common love of God

Jun 14, 2013 - 08:42 am .- Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Pope Francis met for the first time and issued a joint call for unity, rooted in the love of God.

Nigerian bishops lament disunity among local Catholics

May 23, 2013 - 04:06 am .- As the Catholics of the Diocese of Ahiara protested the appointment of a bishop from a nearby diocese as their shepherd, local bishops expressed sadness at the disunity in the Church of Nigeria.

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

May 10, 2013 - 07:06 am .- The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the urgent need for unity among Christians in the Middle East.

Archbishop Muller stresses hope as SSPX talks hit impasse

Oct 5, 2012 - 04:50 pm .- The Vatican's doctrine head says hope must be maintained for full communion between the Society of St. Pius X and the Catholic Church, despite his telling a German radio network that talks with the society are off for now.

Former SSPX community granted formal status in Catholic Church

Aug 24, 2012 - 01:30 pm .- A traditionalist religious order that used to be part of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X has received formal recognition as a diocesan institute within the Catholic Church.

Vatican's doctrine chief: Pius X Society must accept Vatican II teachings

Jul 24, 2012 - 04:00 am .- Although the new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is optimistic about reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X, he says that the teachings of the Church – including the dogmatic content of the Second Vatican Council – will never be up for re-negotiation.

Convert priest thrilled to host Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury

Mar 9, 2012 - 06:29 pm .- Catholic convert Father Peter Hughes prefers to describe himself as “an Anglican who is now in full communion with Peter.”

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