The Church: Towards a Common Vision

  Introduction The World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission issued an ecumenical milestone in 1982 with the publication of Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, (Faith and Order Paper #111. Geneva: WCC, 1982). It sent that document to the churches which are members of the World Council and other churches who participate in the work […]


Reflections on the Reformation 500th

The Reformation began, according to historians, on the eve of All Saints (Halloween) when Martin Luther posted an invitation to debate the indulgence issued by the Pope Leo X (1513-1521)  to donors to the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The invitation to debate was formulated in Luther’s famous 95 theses which were said […]


Ecumenical and Eucharistic Spirituality

Introduction Fifty years after the close of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we do well to take a long look at where we are in its implementation and what difference it makes to us personally. We should try to focus on the spirituality which flows from the Eucharist as expressed in the theology of communion […]



Ecumenical Blessing and Signing of the Common Declaration by Pope Francis & Patriarch Bartholomew I

  Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Turkey (28-30 November 2014)   Istanbul Sunday, 30 November 2014 [Multimedia]   We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling us, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy […]


Called Together to be Peacemakers: Catholics and Peace Churches

Introduction               The term “historic peace churches” refers specifically only to three church groups among pacifist churches: Church of the Brethren, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and Mennonites, and has been used since the first conference of the peace churches in Kansas in 1935 (Wikipedia). The Mennonites are associated historically with the Anabaptist movement […]