Category Archives: Christian unity

How a restless reforming pope can help heal Reformation rift

[Austen Ivereigh] When, on this day 499 years ago, a small-town Augustinian friar lecturing in a start-up college in provincial Germany posted dozens of arguments on the door of a castle church, he offered a prime example of what scientists call “the … Continue reading

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Acknowledging differences, Francis and Welby send out bishops to work for peace and the poor

  [Austen Ivereigh] At a joint prayer service this evening at the church in Rome from where Augustine set forth to evangelize England, Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, marked the 50th anniversary of their predecessors’ historic … Continue reading

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When Canterbury and Rome meet in a common mission

[Austen Ivereigh] In the history of this pontificate, October 2016 may come to be seen as the focal point of Christian unity initiatives — beginning with the Orthodox and ending with the Protestants, with the Anglicans (appropriately) sandwiched between the two. … Continue reading

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Historic announcement: Pope to meet Russian patriarch in Cuba

[From Austen Ivereigh in Bogotá] In one of the biggest ecumenical breakthroughs in centuries, it was announced today that Pope Francis will meet the Russian Orthodox Patriarch next week in Cuba, en route to Mexico. The two-hour meeting at Havana … Continue reading

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