“Recently the Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi received a new name, which has gotten wide coverage in the media. It is now the Mosque of Maryam (Mary) the Mother of Jesus. This gracious gesture of Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zayed al-Nahyan deserves to be gratefully received and properly understood.
The three guys, Father Jim, and I all gathered around the TV set in the second floor of the Waverly Place Friary. The Netflix movie "Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism" caught our eye since we thought that it would be a good preparation for us to learn about the great Pope who influenced much of ecumenism today.
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.