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What 50 years of talks between Catholics and Lutherans looks like

Nov 2, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Catholic and Lutheran bishops have signed a declaration that they hope solidifies areas of “consensus” on matters of faith while... Read more

Pope Francis participates in an interreligious prayer service at Ground Zero, Sept. 25, 2015.

Destruction is always personal, Pope Francis reflects at Ground Zero

Sep 25, 2015

After his Friday meeting with loved ones of fallen first responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the Holy... Read more

Displaced Assyrian families in the Assyrian cathedral of Al-Hasakah, Syria, March 2015. Photo courtesy of the Assyrian Church Beirut.

Pope Francis prays for new Assyrian Christian leader amid Middle East tragedy

Sep 21, 2015

Amid the sufferings of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis on Monday sent his prayers to the new head... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Wednesday general audience on June 17, 2015.

Evangelizing evangelicals – why Pope Francis loves to meet with charismatic movements

Jul 3, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his... Read more

The five patriarchs of Antioch at their June 8 meeting in Damascus.

Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Jun 9, 2015

The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while... Read more

    Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 2, 2015.

Pope to Lutherans: In Christian unity, don't be afraid of the tough issues

May 5, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and... Read more

Is there an end in sight to centuries-old sectarian divisions in Scotland?

Feb 17, 2015

Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering  was... Read more

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Istanbul.

A challenge and a grace – life for Catholics in Turkey

Dec 1, 2014

Living as a Catholic in the majority Muslim country of Turkey can be difficult, but it can also be a... Read more

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew exit the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George following the Doxology Nov. 30, 2014. Photo courtesy of John Mindala/Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Second joint declaration signals new step in path toward unity

Nov 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

In the second joint declaration they have signed since May, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew reaffirmed their shared desire for... Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople at the Vatican, June 8, 2014.

A new path for unity – Pope and Patriarch to face world challenges together

Nov 28, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A common declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew on the issues of ecology and poverty would be natural is... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, speaks to CNA Oct. 22, 2014.

Ecumenical dialogue in the spotlight as Pope's Turkey trip approaches

Oct 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

The cardinal heading the Church’s council for Christian Unity has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turkey... Read more

Pope Francis greets crowds at Castel Gandolfo, July 14, 2013.

Pope Francis visits with evangelicals in southern Italy

Jul 28, 2014

During his visit Monday to an evangelical Christian community in Caserta, Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit creates diversity and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians of the Pontifical Roman universities, May 12, 2014.

Pope Francis to meet with evangelical pastor

Jul 26, 2014

Pope Francis’ upcoming encounter with the evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino continues the path of dialogue he has walked with... Read more

Christian leader, friend to Pope Francis dies in motorcycle accident

Jul 21, 2014

Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi answers questions on the Pope's visit to the Holy Land on May 15, 2014.

Proposed Nicea ecumenical meeting 'nice' idea, Vatican spokesman says

May 31, 2014

In response to media reports that Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I will meet for an ecumenical gathering in Nicea... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis: Christians worldwide are 'united in blood'

Dec 16, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa Dec. 15, Pope Francis called ecumenical dialogue a priority of his pontificate,... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch.

Ecumenism with Orthodox is near to Pope's heart, cardinal says

Dec 14, 2013

The relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is very important to Pope Francis, said the president of the Pontifical... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St Peters Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope expresses hope for reunion with Orthodox Patriarch

Nov 30, 2013

Pope Francis sent special greetings to the Archbishop of Constantinople today, expressing his desire for continued dialogue between the Catholic... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York.

Cardinal Dolan honored by evangelicals for leadership

Apr 24, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York will receive the 2013 William Wilberforce Award this weekend from a group of... Read more


Pope says world religious leaders united by truth, beauty

Mar 20, 2013

Pope Francis told world religious leaders that the desire to search for truth, beauty and goodness is what keeps them... Read more