For its 2017 Catholic Press Awards program, the Catholic Press Association gave two awards to Ecumenical Trends, a publication of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Ecumenical Trends is a monthly (except August) journal that publishes articles on the ecumenical and inter religious movements. Ecumenical Trends reports on current trends and progress in these movements around the world.
Fr. Elias Mallon, SA, gave a workshop on "Two Thousand Years of Christianity in Syria and Mesopotamia" on June 17, at the New York Catholic Bible Summit, sponsored by the Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of New York and the American Bible Society.
Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA, in an article recently published in the Toronto Catholic Register, provides an insightful look into Islamophobia. In his article, he explains the roots of Islamophobia, its wide-ranging effects, and the stance we are called to take on this issue as Christians.
The theme for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power," is taken from the book of Exodus 15:6.
Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA, the Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto, and Pastor Christian Ceconi of Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church in Toronto, recently sat down with Sebastian Gomes, host of Canada’s Salt & Light TV show, "Perspectives Weekly" to discuss the legacy of the Reformation and the new impetus towards full unity among the Christian churches in 2017. Fr. Damian says, "Ecumenism has to be pastoral."
The archdiocese has officially closed an 18-month cause and submitted its work to Rome where it will be assessed whether Father Paul Wattson, S.A., should advance to the next steps necessary to become a canonized saint of the Catholic Church.