The Latest

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

Cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland.

First Mass since Reformation to be held in Swiss cathedral

Feb 17, 2020

Mass will be said in the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Genève on Feb. 29, in a decision announced by the... Read more

The display of St. Timothy’s relics at the altar of St. Paul’s conversion in St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.

St. Timothy's relics moved to Rome for Week of Christian Unity

Jan 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The relics of St. Timothy are in Rome this week for veneration during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Read more

Bishop Barry Knestout. Photo Courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration

Jan 17, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will no longer hold an episcopal consecration and ordination at a Catholic parish in... Read more

Sajith Joseph and others after being received into the Church at St. Mary's Cathedral in Punalur, Dec. 21, 2019. Courtesy photo.

Founder of Protestant movement returns to Catholic Church

Jan 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The founder of a prominent non-denominational movement in India has returned to the Catholic faith of his baptism, after more... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Our Father with Daniel, Orthodox Patriarch of Romania, in the Romanian Orthodox new cathedral in Bucharest, May 31, 2019.

Francis emphasizes Christian unity in prayer with Romanian Orthodox

May 31, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a meeting with the Romanian Orthodox in their new cathedral in Bucharest Friday, Pope Francis prayed for the union... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, March 29, 2019.

Pope Francis' Bulgaria trip will have an ecumenical focus

May 3, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Friday that his visit to Bulgaria next week will be a pilgrimage of faith, unity, and peace,... Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury joins Pope Francis to co-host South Sudan retreat

Apr 9, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The leaders of the newest country in the world will meet this week in the smallest country in the world.  Read more

Pope Francis greeted Father Jean Pierre Schumacher in Morocco March 31, 2019. His martyred community was beatified in December 2018.

Pope Francis urges religious communities to charity and dialogue in Morocco

Mar 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged religious communities in Morocco to practice an “ecumencism of charity,” calling for dialogue, not proselytism, in the... Read more

Vespers for the beginning of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, Jan. 18, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Christians to share their gifts with each other

Jan 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The path to Christian unity takes a willingness to acknowledge and share in the gifts other Christian communities have also... Read more

Metropolitan Epiphanius, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Istanbul, Jan. 5, 2019.

Ecumenical Patriarch recognizes independence of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Jan 7, 2019

By Carl Bunderson

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Saturday signed a tomos of autocephaly for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally recognizing... Read more

Pope Francis with Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, in Cairo, April 28, 2017.

Bishop's murder draws attention to tensions in Coptic Orthodox Church

Aug 20, 2018

Last month's murder of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery in the Egyptian desert, has highlighted tension in... Read more

Pope Francis leads an ecumenical prayer gathering in Bari July 7, 2018.

In Bari, Pope decries 'murderous' indifference to a weeping Middle East

Jul 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

Joined by heads of Christian Churches in the Middle East, Pope Francis Saturday condemned the “complicit silence” and indifference of... Read more