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Pope Francis meets participants in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s plenary meeting at the Vatican, May 6, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Barbarity of war’ should inspire new push for Christian unity

May 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was addressing members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2017.

Cardinal Parolin says religion is fundamental to promoting peace

Apr 12, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In Part 4 of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State speaks about peace, reconciliation and ecumenical challenges. Read more

Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 6, 2021.

Russian Orthodox metropolitan seems to exclude possibility of an appeal for peace to Russian leaders

Mar 24, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In response to a letter to the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church pleading for his intervention in the Ukraine... Read more

Mass is celebrated at the St. Pierre Cathedral in Switzerland on March 5, 2022.

First Mass since Reformation celebrated at Swiss cathedral

Mar 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The last Mass at St. Pierre Cathedral was in 1535. Read more

Pope Francis presides at the celebration of Second Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of St. Paul at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, Jan. 25, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘The Lord wants us to trust one another’

Jan 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was preaching at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

Vatican asks bishops to invite local Protestant and Orthodox leaders to participate in synodal path

Jan 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Read more

Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis looks ahead to the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Jan 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek... Read more

Pope Francis addresses Orthodox bishops in the Orthodox Cathedral in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis to Orthodox bishops in Cyprus: Let us seek full unity

Dec 3, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope urged Catholics and Orthodox Christians to seek ‘ever greater fraternity.’ Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow.

Pope Francis encourages Catholics in Russia to witness to the Gospel

Oct 11, 2021

By Courtney Mares

As the Soviet Union was disintegrating 30 years ago, St. John Paul II appointed apostolic administrators for the pastoral care... Read more

Filipino children pray during a March of Saints.

Philippine Catholic Church inks documents with nationalist Church for reconciliation, common baptism

Aug 5, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Church leaders vowed that through “spiritual ecumenism,” they would encourage joint activities in prayer services, such as the celebration... Read more

Pope Francis with Orthodox Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon on June 28, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘The witness of growing communion between us Christians will be a sign of hope’

Jun 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the witness of growing communion between Christians would... Read more

Pope Francis meets Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa, president of the Lutheran World Federation, at the Vatican, June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis to Lutheran leaders: Jesus feels pain at our divisions

Jun 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope met with representatives of the Lutheran World Federation. Read more

Pope Francis encourages ecumenical meeting in brotherly love

Jun 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Practicing love toward one another is essential, Pope Francis said in a video message to a gathering of the John... Read more

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK).

German Catholic, Protestant leaders share communion at ecumenical event

May 21, 2021

The gathering took place amid a controversy about intercommunion that drew the Vatican’s attention. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

German Catholic bishops’ leader: ecumenical event ‘not about intercommunion’

May 14, 2021

Bishop Georg Bätzing insisted that the church services attended by both Catholics and Protestants would be “ecumenically sensitive.” Read more

On St Patrick's Day, Ireland's religious leaders stress progress and continued engagement

Mar 17, 2021

Christianity can shed light on the path forward for the peace process in Ireland, religious and political coexistence, and understanding... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal supports common Easter date for Catholics, Orthodox

Mar 12, 2021

The president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, has supported a suggestion that Catholics and Orthodox... Read more

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as 'saints of all Christians'

Feb 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA.

Pope Francis: Ask God for unity to ‘overcome scandal of division’ among Christians

Jan 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged Christians to pray for “the gift of unity” on Wednesday, saying that the devil always seeks to... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Vatican cardinal: Synodality is a vital tool in Catholic-Orthodox dialogue

Jan 19, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Strengthening synodality is “the most important contribution” the Catholic Church can make to ecumenical dialogue, especially dialogue with the Orthodox,... Read more