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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]



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.


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

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Lent 2017 issue of the ARCCIC Newsletter

Last updated on March 20, 2017

Multi-Faith Saskatchewan News Release

Last updated on February 1, 2017

January 31, 2017

Interfaith community calls for love and unity Recent events targeting the Muslim community have prompted Multi-Faith Saskatchewan and other interfaith groups to pledge their support to Muslims here in Canada and around the world. "People of all faiths and indeed of no faith must reach out in love and harmony when any religious group is victimized for its beliefs," Multi-Faith Saskatchewan announced. The organization was promoted to lend its support to the Muslim community after the recent shooting that left six people dead and 17 injured in an attack on a mosque in Quebec City. This incident follows actions in the U.S. where President Trump followed through on his threat to restrict entry to the U.S. by people from specific majority Islamic countries. "We believe these are actions prompted by hate and intolerance and they have no place in civilized society. All faiths represent love for each other, harmony among people, belief in the Creator and respect for...

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Week of Prayer For Christian Unity - January 22

Last updated on January 10, 2017
  January 22nd at 3:00 PM
St Cecilia Church
5020 7th Ave. Regina With Archbishop Donald Bolen
Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us 
(cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

Dear Friends:

For over forty years, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has supported the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Canada.

This year, we’ve made a change in the way we offer Canadian Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials. We want to share the reasons for this change with you, let you know how you can access Canadian resources for this ecumenical celebration, and ask for your comments and feedback.

Every year, our Commission on Faith and Witness assembles an ecumenical writing team to prepare Canadian Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources. Members of this writing team adapt for the Canadian context the prayers prepared by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; create additional resources,...

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis have commissioned 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from across the world to take part in united mission in their local areas. The bishops, selected by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (Iarccum) were “sent out” for mission together by the Pope and Archbishop from the same church were Pope Gregory sent Saint Augustine to evangelise the English in the sixth Century. The two Bishops commissioned for Canada are Catholic: Archbishop of Regina, Donald Bolen and the Anglican Bishop of Quebec, Dennis Drainville

“Fourteen centuries ago Pope Gregory sent the servant of God, Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, and his companions, from this holy place, to preach the joyful message of the Word of God,” Pope Francis told the bishops. “Today we send you, dear brothers, servants of God, with this same joyful message of his everlasting kingdom.”

Archbishop Justin...

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Archdiocesan Theologian Dr. Brett Salkeld is part of the CCCB-EFC dialogue that produced the document discussed in this episode of Perspectives on Salt and Light TV.  The two interviewees are close friends and collaborators with Dr. Salkeld in that venture.  The late Archbishop Daniel Bohan was for many years the co-Chair, with David Freeman, of the dialogue and is surely looking down and smiling at this development.

Landmark Agreement Reached With Orthodox Church

Last updated on September 29, 2016

The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church announced that it had reached substantial agreement on the questions of primacy and synodality in the Church. It was described as a “landmark agreement”, and one source asked excitedly whether Orthodox Churches might soon “recognise the Pope”. Has there really been a historic breakthrough in the process towards healing the thousand-year-old schism between East and West?

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New Ecumenical Commission Board Member

Last updated on September 21, 2016

Anne Campbell was welcomed to the Ecumenical Commission Committee at a meeting that was held on Tuesday, September 20th at 2:00 pm at the Archdiocesan Center.

REGINA……  “Don’t let anyone tell you there are no hills in Saskatchewan,” said Qu’Appelle Diocesan Bishop Robert Hardwicke in an interview with the Prairie Messenger. “I’ve climbed 119 of them so far. When I came to Canada (he is originally from England) they told me Saskatchewan was flat. Don’t you believe it.” The Bishop along with nine other bikers had just rolled into the parking lot of All Saints Anglican Church in south Regina completing more than 3/4s of his Pedalling Pilgrimage of Prayer bicycle tour of the southern portion of his southern Saskatchewan diocese.

He set out from the Alberta border July 23 and reached Regina July 30 after stops at parishes and Camp Harding in the Cypress Hills. He finished the ride August 1 at the Manitoba border, covering 762 Kilometers in 40 hours of riding.

“It’s sharing with people the importance of prayer and getting us to really knuckle down and be a prayerful church,” said Hardwicke. It’s also been a time in which he...

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“We think it was one of the most Godly representative statements ever,” said Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen one of the organizers of the group. It met June 21 with provincial Health Minister Dustin Duncan, Premier Brad Wall, Attorney General Gordon Wyant and the NDP Opposition Caucus. “We had a good hearing and...

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The weather cooperated and mosquitos had a feast as at least a couple of hundred Buddhists, family, friends and supporters turned out in Wascana Park Saturday June 20 to celebrate the 2559th birth of the Buddha. It’s called Vesak and it’s the first time it’s been celebrated in Regina, something the Buddhist community hopes will become an annual event.

The celebration began precisely at six p.m. centred in the park’s band shell. The sun shone brightly off the new copper dome of the Legislative building across Wascana Lake from the band shell adding to the colour of the event with monks in traditional robes and ceremony participants dressed in a variety of clothing representing the traditions of their homelands.

O Canada was sung to get the celebration underway followed by a group of women raising their melodic voices in the Triple Jewel Song. The three jewels of Buddhism; Buddha, his teachings and the community are, according to some on line explanations, called taking...

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