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ASIA/PAKISTAN - In Faisalabad, the Church nurtures ecumenism and interreligious dialogue

Faisalabad - Ecumenism and interreligious dialogue are fundamental steps of life, essential in a country like Pakistan: this is what emerged from the recent interreligious meeting held in the diocese of Faisalabad, where the Diocesan Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, led by Fr. Nisar Barkat, organizes activities and meetings to promote a spirit of cooperation, friendship and collaboration among Christians of different denominations, and among believers of different faiths.

 

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ASIA/TURKEY - New Franciscan fraternity in Turkey

Istanbul - To witness the Gospel, promoting ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and dialogue with culture, in specific ways, through Francis of Assisi’s example: this is the spirit with which the Friars Minor opened a new Franciscan fraternity in Smirne , in west-central Turkey. As reported to Fides by the General Curia of the Friars Minor, the current Minister General, Fr. Michael A. Perry, and his Definitor have decided to back the existing fraternity of Istanbul with the new community in Izmir.

 

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World Methodist Council opens new ecumenical office in Rome

Representatives of the many different Christian communities here in Rome gathered at the Methodist Church at Ponte Sant'Angelo on Wednesday for the dedication of a new Methodist Ecumenical Office.  The initiative is aimed at promoting greater understanding of the worldwide communion through education programmes and the welcome it can offer from its location just across the Tiber from St Peter's Basilica.

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Pope Francis to Ethiopian Patriarch: Martyrs seed of Christian Unity

Pope Francis urged world leaders to "promote peaceful coexistence" in the face of "a devastating outbreak of violence against Christians" on Monday, when he received the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Pope Matthias I, in the Vatican.

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Pope and Patriarch call for an end to terrorism and persecution of Christians

Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill on Friday concluded an historic encounter in the Cuban capital with an urgent appeal for an end to conflict and the persecution of Christians across the Middle East.

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