Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

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being held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 
on 10-13 May 2018 
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The Anglican Roman Catholic Covenant Implementation Committee: Pentecost Report for 2017

To read about the progress and events of the past year, click here: ARCCIC Report – Pentecost 2017

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Pope's Address to Anglican-Catholic Commission

"The cause of unity is not an optional undertaking and the differences which divide us must not be seen as inevitable

Here is the statement given by the Pope  to the members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

1. It is a pleasure to be with you, the members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. In these days you are gathered for a new session of your dialogue, which is now studying the relationship between the universal Church and the local Church, with particular reference to processes for discussions and decision making regarding moral and ethical questions. I cordially welcome you and wish you a successful meeting.

Your dialogue is the result of the historic meeting in 1966 between Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Ramsey, which gave rise to the first Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. On that occasion, they both prayed with hope for "a serious dialogue which, founded on the Gospels and on the ancient common traditions, [would] lead to that unity in truth for which Christ prayed" (The Common Declaration by Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Michael Ramsey, Rome, 24 March 1966).

We have not yet reached that goal, but we are convinced that the Holy Spirit continues to move us in that direction, notwithstanding new difficulties and challenges. Your presence here today is an indication of how the shared tradition of faith and history between Anglicans and Catholics can inspire and sustain our efforts to overcome the obstacles to full communion. Though we are fully aware of the seriousness of the challenges ahead, we can still realistically trust that together great progress will be made.

2. Shortly you will publish five jointly agreed statements of the second phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue, with commentaries and responses. I offer my congratulations for this work. This reminds us that ecumenical relations and dialogue are not secondary elements of the life of the Churches. The cause of unity is not an optional undertaking and the differences which divide us must not be seen as inevitable. Some wish that, after fifty years, greater progress towards unity would have been achieved. Despite difficulties, we must not lose heart, but we must trust even more in the power of the Holy Spirit, who can heal and reconcile us, and accomplish what humanly does not seem possible.

3. There is a strong bond that already unites us which goes beyond all divisions: it is the testimony of Christians from different Churches and traditions, victims of persecution and violence simply because of the faith they profess. And not only now, that there are many of them: I think also of the martyrs of Uganda, half Catholics and half Anglicans. The blood of these martyrs will nourish a new era of ecumenical commitment, a fervent desire to fulfill the last will and testament of the Lord: that all may be one (cf. Jn 17:21). The witness by these our brothers and sisters demands that we live in harmony with the Gospel and that we strive with determination to fulfill the Lord's will for his Church.Today the world urgently needs the common, joyful witness of Christians, from the defence of life and human dignity to the promotion of justice and peace.

Together let us invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to be able to respond courageously to "the signs of the times" which are calling all Christians to unity and common witness. May the Holy Spirit abundantly inspire your work. Many thanks for your service.

[Original text English]

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POPE FRANCIS ADDRESSES PENTECOSTAL PASTORS

Anyone interested in Catholic – Evangelical dialogue and relations will want to watch this remarkable video.  In it Pope Francis addresses a group of Pentecostal pastors and other leaders at a conference through a video made on an iPhone in his office with his friend Tony Palmer, a charismatic Anglican Bishop.  (That’s right, the Pope makes spontaneous iPhone videos in his office!)

Bishop Palmer addresses the group describing his friendship with Pope Francis and how the video came about, but also making several challenging remarks about the value of the sacraments, Catholic-Protestant agreement on justification, and ecumenical engagement.  While a Catholic might be a little nervous when Bishop Palmer suggests that Rome used to teach salvation by works (it would be more accurate to say that, until recently, it was difficult for many Protestants to understand Catholic teaching as anything but salvation by works), most of what Bishop Palmer says is very acceptable and encouraging to Catholics.  And, on top of that, Pope Francis offers a brilliant off-the-cuff (what else?) reflection on the true meaning of ecumenism.

If you only have a few minutes, you can skip ahead to about 31:30 to watch the Pope’s brief remarks (about 7 minutes long), but those with a bit more time may want to start as early as 4:30 when Bishop Palmer begins speaking.  He really starts getting into the Pope Francis story around 17:00.

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5TwrG8B3ME

January 2016.
Pope Francis’ video on inter-religious dialogue for the Pope’s worldwide prayer network, the Apostleship of Prayer

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Last updated on February 12, 2018

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Last updated on January 24, 2018

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Last updated on January 17, 2018
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The Board of Directors of the Bishop Budka Eparchial Stewardship Society Inc. invites applications for an Executive Director. 

 We are seeking a highly motivated and ethical professional who will lead our organization in generating funds to achieve stewardship and fundraising goals of the Eparchy of Saskatoon.

 Please visit our website at www.bbessi.org to view the detailed job profile and more information about how to apply for this position.     

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Last updated on January 16, 2018

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