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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

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

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

Vatican preparing ‘joint message’ on Martin Luther with Lutheran World Federation

Jan 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Vatican’s ecumenical office is preparing a “joint message” on Martin Luther with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a cardinal... Read more

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

Vatican guide for bishops addresses common challenges to Christian unity

Dec 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican published Friday a guide with suggestions for Catholic bishops to promote unity with other Christian communities, and offering... Read more

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople outside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli Oct. 20, 2020.

Pope Francis tells Orthodox leader: I am confident we will achieve full unity

Nov 30, 2020

Pope Francis told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Monday that he is confident that Catholics and Orthodox Christians will attain... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims after the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 27, 2019.

Pope Francis to attend interreligious peace event in Rome

Oct 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will attend an ecumenical prayer service and an interreligious ceremony for peace in Rome next week, the Vatican... Read more

Hagia Sophia, which will be inaugurated as a mosque July 24.

Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Churches to observe day of mourning for Hagia Sophia

Jul 21, 2020

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that July 24 “is a Day of Mourning” for Hagia Sophia. The... Read more

Pope Francis gave the Sunday Angelus address and blessing to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on June 21, 2020.

Pope Francis greets Orthodox patriarch after coronavirus cancels annual visit

Jun 29, 2020

Pope Francis extended a special greeting to the Patriarch Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and head of the Orthodox... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis remembers 25 years of 'Ut unum sint,' John Paul II's letter on ecumenism

May 25, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Monday remembered Ut unum sint, St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, on the 25th anniversary of... Read more