“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
Following 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 →
“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 →
Religious 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 →
The 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 →
Despite a contentious U.S. election in which religion played a major role, as well as the continuing scourge of religious-inspired terrorism worldwide, a new survey finds that Americans have warming attitudes towards virtually all major religious groups in the country.
The new Pew Research Center survey, released Wednesday, finds that Jews and Catholics get the highest ratings on a “feeling thermometer,” with a mean rating of 67 and 66 respectively on a thermometer that ranges from 0 to 100.
Mainline Protestants were just behind at 65. Evangelical Christians finished at 61, Buddhists 60, Hindus 58, Mormons 54, atheists 50 and Muslims 48. Even the relatively low ratings for atheists and Muslims, however, represent increases over the last such survey in June 2014. Continue reading →
As Reformation Year begins, Pope Francis welcomed a high-ranking Protestant delegation from Germany to the Vatican on Monday. The pontiff urged both denominations to put all remaining differences aside.
In a meeting in Rome with Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the chair of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Pope Francis called for the Reformation’s 500th anniversary to be an opportunity for increased efforts to achieve ecumenism.
“We must, with imploring prayer and all of our strength, strive to overcome the obstacles that still exist,” Pope Francis said. Continue reading →
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Divided Christians need to recognize the gifts God has given to other communities and learn from them “without waiting for the others to learn first,” Pope Francis said.
Leading an ecumenical evening prayer service Jan. 25 for the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis said Christians must overcome the “temptations of self-absorption that prevent us from perceiving how the Holy Spirit is at work outside our familiar surroundings,” including in the lives of other Christian communities.
The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir and the Anglican Westminster Abbey Choir sang at the service at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Pope Francis walked to the tomb of St. Paul, under the basilica’s main altar, and prayed there with Orthodox Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy, the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and with Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the representative of the archbishop of Canterbury. Continue reading →
(Vatican Radio) As we mark the annual week of prayer for Christian Unity, Catholics have much to celebrate because 2016 was “truly an ecumenical year”. That’s the view of Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who accompanied Pope Francis on all his ecumenical journeys throughout the past year.
The cardinal was reflecting on the theme for this week of prayer which is centred on a verse from St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians: ‘Reconciliation: the love of Christ compels us’. Members of the Council of Christian Churches in Germany were asked to prepare material on this theme which is set in the context of this year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Continue reading →
(RNS) The National Council of Churches and several other Christian organizations have released a statement expressing “grave concerns” with President-elect Donald Trump’s policies and picks to lead his Cabinet and other departments.
“We urge President-Elect Donald Trump, who has said he shares our Christian faith, to take seriously his responsibility to bring our nation together and to heed the oath he will take to preserve, protect and defend America,” read the statement, released Friday (Jan. 6).
“He can start this work before the oath of office is taken with his policy agenda and political appointments.” Continue reading →