Deacons witness execution of Catholic inmate in Georgia

From The Georgia Bulletin:  The State of Georgia executed Warren Lee Hill, who had received the sacraments of the Catholic Church while on death row, the evening of Jan. 27. Hill, sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of a fellow inmate, died by lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court denied his application for a [Read More…]

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St. Augustine appoints deacon as chancellor

I received this email this morning: As of a week ago the new Chancellor & Diocesan Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of St. Augustine is Deacon David Williams. And his assistant is also a deacon. His first appearance on the ecumenical scene was on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 as seen in this photo. [Deacon Williams is [Read More…]

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Pope: Catholics, Lutherans in shared Christian witness

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis told an ecumenical delegation from Finland Thursday that Catholics and Lutherans can do much together “to bear witness to God’s mercy.”  The delegation’s visit to Rome coincides with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Feast of St. Henry, the patron saint of Finland. St. Henry via Wikipedia [Read More…]

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Meet the man who launched the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Paul Wattson via OSV/CNS He’s Rev. Paul Wattson a former Episcopal priest—the son of an Episcopal priest, in fact—who converted to Catholicism and who also co-founded Catholic Near East Welfare Agency (CNEWA), the papal agency where I work. Father Paul is now being considered for sainthood. Some background, from OSV:  Born in 1863 in Millington, Maryland, [Read More…]

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Rick Warren on Catholics: “If you love Jesus, we’re on the same team”

The popular Protestant preacher talks with CNS about faith, Mary, the saints and more in the video below—and shares his vision for how we can work together in common cause. [Read more…]

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Patriarch Bartholomew may join prayer summit this weekend

From Religion News Service:  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople may join Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres when they meet Pope Francis to pray for peace this weekend. The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Tuesday (June 3) that the pope had invited the head of the Orthodox faith to [Read More…]

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Pope and patriarch meet, sign Common Declaration

From CNS:  Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ’s death and resurrection. “We need to believe that, just as the stone before the tomb was cast aside, so, too, every [Read More…]

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Bishop urges Catholics at “blended” parish in Virginia to go elsewhere—UPDATED

You may remember when this unique parish made news last year. Now it’s in the news again:     Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has urged Roman Catholics attending a one-of-a-kind Catholic and Episcopal church to worship at a nearby parish because he has not been able to find a “suitable priest” to serve the blended congregation. [Read More…]

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Cardinal O’Malley: “Baptism is one of the elements of our faith that we share in common…”

The cardinal describes last week’s ecumenical service in Boston on his blog:  The celebration was essentially a Bible service with hymns and Scripture readings, followed by a renewal of baptismal vows, because the service was held on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The people came up and Bishop Devadhar and I put [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words: Protestants praying over a future pope

With all the controversy that swirled around this image of Cardinal O’Malley, a reader reminded me of the picture below. It surfaced shortly after Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope. Description:  On June 19, 2006, the Third Fraternal Encounter of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics was held in Luna Park stadium in Buenos [Read More…]

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