Ecumenism

On Sunday 3rd of June we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – also known as the feast of Corpus Christi.Processions around and across the neighbourhood are a custom of many parishes, and Farm Street Church held a joint procession through the streets of Mayfair.“This tradition of the Church is an opportunity to witness to our faith, worshipping Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament” says Fr Anthony Nye SJ, member of the Parish team.Curious looks by passer-by...
The icon of St Saviour (detail) at All Saints Church in Rome
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to set foot inside an Anglican church in his own diocese as the Bishop of Rome on Sunday, when he visited All Saints Chaplaincy. While attending Choral Evensong, he also blessed an icon of St Saviour, which had been commissioned to mark the church's 200th anniversary. He encouraged the congregation to "walk together" in their quest for greater unity, saying that it could not be achieved "in a laboratory".All Saints was established by a small group of...
The Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Sweden: Wikimedia Commons
Pope Francis is in Sweden this week, on a visit to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Vatican and the Lutheran Church say the event is not a celebration of Luther's revolt but rather, a solemn commemoration to ask forgiveness for the schism in Western Christianity and an opportunity to rejoice publicly at the way ecumenical relations have improved over the past 50 years.Upon his arrival in Malmo, southern Sweden, the Pope met Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, followed...
A Unity Cross
All major religions believe that the first thing we need to affirm about God is that God is ineffable, beyond all human imagination and language. Everything we think and say about God reveals some truth, but, this side of eternity, never the complete truth. No dogma and no religion provides an adequate expression of God.All religious truth is partial and limited in its historical expression and cannot claim adequacy. All religions,  all expressions of theology, irrespective of denomination...
Handprints around a globe
What does our belief in ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church’, which we profess in the Nicene Creed, really mean? It expresses a desire for unity across space and time, which is what God wills for humanity, says Timothy Radcliffe OP. ‘At the heart of the Catholic tradition is a profound longing for a Church that is one and universal.’ We live in a society in which competition is omnipresent. Competition fuels progress and keeps us on our toes. Political parties...
Symbols of world religions
The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions was promulgated fifty years ago, on 28 October 1965. Michael Barnes SJ explains why the process of Nostra Aetate’s development is as important as the text itself. ‘Perhaps more than any other document, and despite its obvious weaknesses, it encapsulates the extraordinary outpouring of the Spirit that characterised the Council’. I sit down to write this article fifty...
Biblical scholar Nicholas King SJ uses St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians to demonstrate that even the early Christians struggled to live as a united Church. In an article adapted from a talk delivered during this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we see how the words that challenged the Christians of Corinth continue to challenge modern Christians. How does Paul present his solution to the problem of Christian disunity? The first point to observe when speaking of Christian...