US Catholics and Protestants agree: 500 years after Reformation, they have more in common than not

A statue of Martin Luther in Erfurt, Germany, on June, 12, 2017. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller
A statue of Martin Luther in Erfurt, Germany, on June, 12, 2017. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

The theological differences that led to the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago have dwindled since in both the United States and Western Europe.

That’s the finding of a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday (Aug. 31), weeks before late October’s 500th anniversary of the schism in western Christianity. Continue reading

Pope Francis meets with World Council of Churches leadership in Rome

pope-francis-and-wcc-leadershipPope Francis and the leadership of the World Council of Churches have met in the Vatican and discussed how Christian unity is vital in bringing a true sense of justice to issues the world is facing today.

The Aug. 24 meeting attended by WCC moderator Dr. Agnes Abuom and WCC general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit also focused on how to deepen relations in the one ecumenical movement, the WCC reported.

Tveit, who is a Norwegian Lutheran said in remarks, “We are very grateful for the very constructive and fruitful meeting with Pope Francis today.  Continue reading

Biggest Christian festival in the UK decides to showcase some Islam too

Attendees gather during the 2016 Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, England. Photo courtesy of Greenbelt Festival
Attendees gather during the 2016 Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, England. Photo courtesy of Greenbelt Festival

LONDON (RNS) — Greenbelt, the biggest Christian festival in the United Kingdom, will feature Muslim worship for the first time this year.

The decision by organizers of the annual festival — which began more than 40 years ago as a gathering that drew about 1,500 young people — has stirred some controversy, according to organizers.

Now Greenbelt draws a much larger crowd of about 20,000 over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Aug. 25-28, and offers not only music but also theological discussion and opportunities to work on social justice issues. While it sprung from evangelical Christians, in recent years Greenbelt  has expanded to include a much wider range of participants, including an occasional Muslim speaker.  Continue reading

Pope Francis sends letter to interfaith prayer meeting in Japan

OSSROM131106_LancioGrande(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has sent a letter to the 30th Prayer Meeting on Mount Hiei in Kyoto, Japan, inviting all religions to “pray and work together for peace”.

“It is my pleasure to send my cordial greetings to you and to the distinguished representatives of the different religious traditions,” he wrote.

The Pope’s letter was delivered and read to participants by Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop-emeritus of Hong Kong.  Continue reading

Jewish, Christian, Islamic scholars agree on Temple location

8402172813_6414670307_b“Put simply, the scholars at our conference never doubted nor disputed that there had been a Jewish Temple on today’s Har Habayis in antiquity, up until 70 CE. Rather, they argued consistently, with no exception, that the religious traditions and texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam solidly recognize this reality.” –Source

“First and foremost, for WorldNetDaily to post a PDF file from a Jewish Professor who most likely sets the stage for the Jesuit theology about a 7 year tribulation is in fact par for the course for WND. The only reason I use them on a regular basis is that they tend to have somewhat of a Christian slant to their reporting which allows for better sources on some articles, and combating their false theology regarding a secret rapture to an Islamic Antichrist is child’s play in the hands of any obedient student of Bible prophecy because being obedient means the Author of those prophetic facts will reveal the truth unto us. But, the only reason I post this article about Jews, Christians and Muslims supposedly agreeing on the Temple location is because of the timing of it all. What I mean is, any student of prophecy can tell you they are starting these talking points just prior to religious laws being legalized in the USA. This all plays into the long declared agenda of Jesuits regarding a nonbiblical seven year tribulation which if successful in pulling they will no doubt make plans to disrupt within 3.5 years so as to make their agendas appear prophetic.   Continue reading

World Council of Churches Scolds Trump for Dumping Paris Climate Deal

stop-climate-change-sign-paris-agreement-getty-640x480“The World Council of Churches (WCC) has censured President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord, an agreement the president said gravely disadvantaged American workers. In an official statement from its executive committee, the WCC said that the President’s decision “has grave consequences for the impoverished and vulnerable, for our children’s children, and for the entire planet, putting at risk people’s access to clean water, food, shelter and secure livelihoods, and undermining efforts for environmental sustainability and for peace.” –Source

As we know, Trump caved on the climate change fiasco after he appointed his daughter to head up the White House climate change work for the Pope. Plus, we have Trump’s own words that his decision to pull out of the Paris accord had nothing to do with the fate of the planet as the Pope’s fear-mongers suggest. In days gone by he was very vocal declaring global warming a lie. Which 31,487 Scientists have stated in writing is bad science and a bold faced lie. But when pressured about it after becoming president, Trump reiterated about how the United States government has all along been a trailblazer in taking measures to slow global warming by its many very expensive (to US business men) government regulations. He even stated we are the cleanest nation on earth when it comes to governmental efforts in this issue.   Continue reading

Let’s continue to grow in unity, Francis urges Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Pope_Francis_with_Pope_Tawadros_II_of_Alexandria_in_Cairo_Egypt_on_April_28_2017_Credit_LOsservatore_Romano_CNAFollowing his trip to Egypt last month, Pope Francis sent a message Wednesday to the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Tawadros II, expressing his hope that their Churches will continue to work toward unity in the sacraments.

“Along this path we are sustained by the powerful intercession and example of the martyrs. May we continue to advance together on our journey towards the same Eucharistic table, and grow in love and reconciliation,” Pope Francis said in his letter to the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch May 10.

“I take this opportunity to offer my prayerful best wishes for your peace and health, as well as my joy and gratitude for the spiritual bonds uniting the See of Peter and the See of Mark.”   Continue reading

Trump, 501c3 Govt Preachers and Sunday Laws!

download (1)An executive order (EO) signed by President Donald J. Trump this morning could welcome more overt political activity by charities and churches. It also appears to open the door for more litigation against his administration. …The full EO was released this afternoon and what it actually does could be up for debate. The EO states that it will be the policy of the executive branch to “vigorously enforce federal law’s robust protections of religious freedom,” and will honor and enforce those protections. It goes on to state that the Treasury Secretary will ensure that the department does not take adverse action against any organization for “speaking about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf or opposition to a candidate for office.” –Source

As was revealed and then shared back in July of 2016 in a video I made, Trump will never remove the prophesied 501c3 even though many preachers and pastors hoped and declared otherwise. Prophecy must be fulfilled and to remove that government contract now will prevent it from fulfillment. What he will do (as we saw yesterday) is change how that contract is written, or as the headline of the article I link out at the start of this blog entry said, Trump’s “Executive Order Relaxes Johnson Amendment Enforcement.” Since prophecy cannot be changed by the wicked desires of mankind, that contract had to stay intact, but as I stated last year, it must be rewritten so as to allow the preachers to keep their tax free status as well as preach political sermons. The truth as it was revealed in the prophetic Scripture of our Lord is rock hard fact and no matter how many false shepherds and wolves proclaim otherwise, it will happen!   Continue reading

Ecumenical assembly marked new beginnings, according to bishop

EcumenicalReligious denominations from around South Australia converged on Port Pirie last week for the 21st Port Pirie Diocesan Assembly and in the process helped to take steps toward a more united future.

Congregation members and religious ministers from the Baptist, Catholic, Uniting, Anglican, Lutheran and New Life churches came together to worship, celebrate religious diversity and embrace what unites them at the ‘Building Bridges of Peace’ event at the Northern Festival Centre.

Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly said that the event coincided with the 500thanniversary of the Reformation – which occurred in part after Martin Luther nailed the ‘Ninety-five Theses’ to the All Saints’ Church door in Wittenberg, Germany – was an appropriate time to convene to discuss religious matters and focus on how far the Church had come.   Continue reading

Hallam: Living Laudato Si’ where we are

WP_20170225_009The Catholic Diocese of Hallam and the Anglican Diocese of Sheffield came together to host an ecumenical Study Day on Pope Francis’ encyclical on Saturday, 25th February. A packed room at Sheffield’s Quaker Meeting House came away enthused and inspired to foster care for creation in their home parishes. “The suggestion to explore Laudato Si’ together came from the Anglican diocese”, explained Greg Ryan, adult formation advisor for Hallam. “Not only have we been studying together, but we’ve learned from each other, often in practical ways. It’s been an experience of ‘receptive ecumenism”’.   Continue reading