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Francis, Benedict praise Bartholomew I as a brother in faith

Oct 17, 2016 - 10:55 am .- In their forewords to a new book about the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI praised the faith and goodness of the ecumenical patriarch.

All Christians must follow Jesus closely, Pope Francis tells Lutherans

Oct 13, 2016 - 10:42 am .- On Thursday, asked about what he likes and doesn’t like in the Lutheran ecclesial community, Pope Francis said he likes Lutherans who are active followers of Christ, while he dislikes Christians who are hypocritical or who have a lukewarm faith.

In Georgia visit, Pope finds a country of Christian tensions

Sep 30, 2016 - 04:13 pm .- Pope Francis on his visit to Georgia will find a country where dialogue among Christians is particularly difficult, with cool relations between the Georgian Orthodox Church and the country’s tiny Catholic minority.

Pope Francis to Georgian Orthodox: Christ's love unites us

Sep 30, 2016 - 08:42 am .- God's love and our unity in Christ are what enable us to overcome conflict and disagreement, and to spread the Gospel – which is what bears spiritual and artistic fruit, Pope Francis said in Georgia on Friday.

'We have faced the mercy of God' – An interview with Cardinal Koch

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:34 am .- Hundreds of years before Martin Luther broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope in the western world, the Great Eastern Schism created a division between Rome and Constantinople.

Coming soon: a meeting between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:24 am .- Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, the Primate of the Anglican Communion, will meet in Rome Oct. 5 to celebrate First Vespers in the Basilica of San Gregorio al Celio.

Okla. Christians counter Satanic mockery of Virgin Mary with prayer

Aug 11, 2016 - 03:07 pm .- Another planned black mass and an additional satanic ritual in Oklahoma City is timed to mock a Marian feast and desecrate an image of the Virgin Mary. In reaction, the local Catholic archbishop and Christians from all backgrounds will join in prayer.

Remember the Copts ISIS martyred in Libya? This priest does.

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:08 am .- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one.

Pope to Armenian Church: 'Let us race towards full communion!'

Jun 25, 2016 - 10:56 am .- Working toward full communion is a project of love, humility and peace, Pope Francis told Armenian Orthodox leaders gathered at an ecumenical meeting on Saturday.

'Spirit of Ecumenism' helps promote Christian witness, Pope says

Jun 24, 2016 - 07:24 am .- Praying at the main cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the start of his three-day visit to the Caucasus nation, Pope Francis praised the “spirit of ecumenism,” and its role in promoting human dignity against “grave forms of material and spiritual poverty.”

Is Pope Francis' Armenia visit another step toward Christian unity?

Jun 23, 2016 - 06:01 am .- Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia is a chance to build on decades of productive ecumenical dialogue with the Armenian Apostolic Church, a local bishop has said.

Pope Francis' visit to Greece shows a shared Christian concern for refugees

Apr 15, 2016 - 03:04 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit on Saturday with refugees in Greece will show solidarity with those in need and demonstrate a shared Christian commitment to helping them, according to the Vatican spokesman.

Four reasons why Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill

Feb 11, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The first, historic meeting between a Pope and a Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church does not come from nowhere. Both the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate and the Holy See have been working on such an event for decades.  

In Los Angeles, thousands rally to build a city that celebrates life

Jan 25, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The dignity of every human life was the focus of a major pro-life event in Los Angeles on Saturday. More than 15,000 people joined speakers, religious leaders and entertainers to encourage outreach to those in need.  

Pope will go to Sweden for Reformation anniversary, Vatican announces

Jan 25, 2016 - 05:34 am .- Pope Francis will take part in an ecumenical ceremony in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Vatican announced Monday.

Vatican takes on tense question of salvation for the Jewish people

Dec 11, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Though it “is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery,” Jews can participate in salvation without confessing Christ explicitly, a Vatican committee said in a document released on Thursday.

Christians can find unity in suffering, Pope Francis tells Evangelicals in CAR

Nov 29, 2015 - 09:05 am .- The path to Christian unity includes shared suffering, Pope Francis told the Central African Republic’s evangelical Christian communities on Sunday, exhorting them to continue showing charity amid war and violence.

Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

Nov 24, 2015 - 07:56 am .- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada.

'Impatience for unity' – a look at the Pope's recent chat with Lutherans

Nov 17, 2015 - 03:02 pm .- Pope Francis' encounter with a Lutheran community in Rome this weekend was his chance to advocate for greater unity among Christians, a theologian has reflected.

Pope Francis: What will Jesus ask you on judgement day?

Nov 15, 2015 - 11:40 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to Rome’s Lutheran community, where he took questions and told attendees that what we will ultimately be judged on is how we cared for the poor and less fortunate.

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