Ecumenical & Interreligious Blog

Francis admits ‘serious mistakes’ in handling of Chile abuse cases

Pope Francis has admitted making “serious mistakes” in his handling of clergy sexual abuse cases in Chile, telling the country’s bishops in a lengthy letter that he feels “pain and shame” for the “crucified lives” of those who suffered abuse. Read more

Turkish sources: US politicians ask to witness the trial against evangelical pastor Brunson

Some US senators have sent the Turkish Ministry of Justice the request to be present at the upcoming trial against Andrew Craig Brunson, the US evangelical pastor detained in Turkey on charges of connivance with Hizmet, the organization of the Turkish Islamic preacher Fetullah Gulen, indicated by Ankara as the inspirer of the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Read more

A “Continental Walk” to raise awareness on public policies for children

“It will be a symbolic but strong action: we want to bring tenderness in the public sphere and influence public policies for children in the countries where we will pass”. This is how Angel Morillo, a lay Catholic and father of two children, director of the “Centrality of Infancy” program of Celam (Latin American Episcopal Council), illustrates to Agenzia Fides the “Continental Walk for Children” entitled “Traces of Tenderness”, which will travel Latin America and promote ecumenical and inter-religious initiatives for a whole year. Read more

‘Greater Jerusalem means no churches and no mosques’ ‘There can never be peace until the Jerusalem file is satisfactorily resolved,’ says chairman of Jerusalem Endowment.

Palestinian interfaith officials have warned against monopolising the city of Jerusalem by the Israeli government and the effects that would have on Christianity and Islam. Read more

Toronto joins other dioceses in withholding funds to Development and Peace

At least 11 dioceses have suspended financial support to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) following preliminary results of a probe that found some D&P partners are in conflict with Catholic moral and social teaching, particularly on abortion, contraception and gender theory. Read more

Banjos and Ćevapi: New Serbian monastery coming to TN!

We faithful Orthodox Christians in Tennessee are pleased to announce the formation of a New Serbian Orthodox Monastery!

It will be called: “Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow” Read more

Supreme Court sides with immigrant facing deportation

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law subjecting immigrants to deportation for crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague, handing the Trump administration an early defeat. Read more

Peacemaking initiative of Christian leaders in response to the situation in the Middle East

Impelled by a sense of responsibility for the millions of Christians that God has entrusted to our spiritual care and for the wellbeing of the entire human family, which shares a common destiny, we join together to speak out at this time of heightened international tension. Read more

Pope Francis does something impossible for Trump

A news interlude dominated by speculation about “golden showers” and a graceless president who described his latest detractor as an “untruthful slime ball” invites us to search for higher moral ground.

So it might be Providential that Pope Francis chose to make news last week in two ways. First, he did something that comes very hard to most public figures, and particularly to the current occupant of the White House: He apologized fervently for “grave errors.”  Read more