from ONE

From Pravda to YouTube
text by Victor Sonkin with photographs by Julia Vishnevets
(From ONE magazine May 2011)
Christian media expand reach and influence in Russia

Profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine January 2010)
The Orthodox Church of Finland

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July 2006)
Dead Ends

Peter’s First See
by Chorbishop John D. Faris
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2003)
Why Antioch can rightfully lay claim to Peter and his ministry

Coconuts and Bishops
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2002)
Ecumenical advances from the heart of India’s Bible Belt.

Ecumenical Giant
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1999)
The shoes of Catholicos Karekin I, a good friend, a fine pastor and a powerful witness to Christian unity, will be difficult to fill.

Promoting Christian Unity
text by Father George D. Gallaro
photographs by Arturo Mari
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
The ecumenical work of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Ecclesial Biodiversity
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1998)
The rich diversity of the Eastern churches is an endangered part of our common Christian patrimony.

To Rome and Back: The Pontifical Oriental Institute
by the Rev. Edward G. Farrugia, S.J.
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1996)
A history of the Pontifical Oriental Institute as it continues to support ecumenism in the Catholic Church.

Illuminating Eastern Catholicism
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1996)
Guidelines issued in January 1996 by the Congregation for the Eastern Churches for liturgical renewal in the Eastern Catholic churches.

Balamand and Beyond: The State of Catholic-Orthodox Relations
by the Rev. Ronald G. Roberson, C.S.P.
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1995)
An international dialogue at a monastery in Lebanon bolsters relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

The Nature of Dialogue
by Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., Ph.D.
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1995)
A discussion of the complex yet essential process of ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.

Distinction Without a Difference
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
Bridging differences and celebrating distinctions are the prime directives for living in our one human family.

Tokens of Love
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1994)
An appointment with Catholicos Vasken I, the Supreme Patriarch of All the Armenians, provides an opportunity for ecumenism.

Ecumenism 25 Years Later
by Brother William J. Martyn, S.A.
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Unity between the Eastern and Western churches continues to be an ongoing process.

Vatican II Reminiscences
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Msgr. Stern reflects on Vatican II.

The Melkite Messenger
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch, Maximos V Hakim, discusses his church’s movement toward reunion.

Patriarch: Father and Head
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1984)
A discussion on the history and role of the patriarch in the Orthodox Church.

An Ecumenical Academic Endeavor
by Rev. Robert F. Slesinski
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2003)
Lay theology department in Belarus is evidence of a changed society

from News

Pope Meets Top Russian Orthodox Ecumenist
Catholic News Service (29 September 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI met Sept. 29 with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chief ecumenist of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Assisi Meeting Will Feature Joint Pilgrimage
Catholic News Service (19 October 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 300 delegates from dozens of Christian churches, the world’s major religions and nonbelievers will join Pope Benedict XVI in Assisi Oct. 27 for a peace gathering focused more on common pilgrimage than on prayer, a Vatican official said.

Vatican’s Top Ecumenist
Catholic News Service (8 November 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Vatican’s top ecumenist offered a frank assessment of recent ecumenical progress and future prospects in a Washington talk Nov. 3.

New head of U.S.C.C.B. Ecumenical and Interreligious Office
Catholic News Service (21 November 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father John William Crossin, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who served most recently as executive director of the Washington Theological Consortium, has been named executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Catholic, Orthodox Leaders Urge Reconciliation
Catholic News Service (2 July 2012)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Catholic and Orthodox leaders from Poland and Russia will issue a joint statement committing their churches to fostering reconciliation between the two historically feuding countries.

Video: Pope Sends Greeting to Russian Orthodox Patriarch
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
Pope Benedict XVI sent greetings to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill who is visiting Poland.

Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue in Poland
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the president of the Polish Catholic bishops’ conference signed a joint message Aug. 17 urging Poles and Russians to set aside centuries of anger and prejudice and work together to maintain their countries’ Christian identities.

Orthodox, Anglicans To Attend Vatican II Celebration
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury will join Pope Benedict XVI’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second V atican Council.

Video: Same Path Different Directions
Catholic News Service (24 September 2012)
Benedictine Father William Skudlarek talks about the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue.

Jerusalem Patriarch Discusses ‘Many Concerns”
Catholic News Service (20 December 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Jerusalem’s Latin patriarch said church leaders are “perplexed” by the complex situation in the Middle East.

Ecumenism Calls for Justice, Kindness and Humility
Catholic News Service (17 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like the individual path to holiness, the ecumenical path to Christian unity requires justice, kindness and humility, Pope Benedict XVI told members of a pilgrimage from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Christian Divisions ‘Disfigure’ the Church
Catholic News Service (22 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The divisions among Christians have “disfigured” the church, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Franciscan Leader Sees Progress Toward Christian Unity
Catholic News Service (24 January 2013)
CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (CNS) — Despite disappointing setbacks in ecumenical dialogue, there is incremental progress toward Christian unity, according to Father Timothy MacDonald, vicar general of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

Christian Cooperation Key to Proclaiming the Gospel, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (25 January 2013)
ROME (CNS) — Christians must work together to offer the faith they share to a world that seems to find it more and more difficult to believe, Pope Benedict XVI told Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders.

Archbishop Lauds Mentor, Pope Francis
Catholic News Service (18 March 2013)
ROME (CNS) — For the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, “authenticity and simplicity” characterize the man who mentored him as a young bishop: the newly elected Pope Francis.

Catholics Urged to Emulate Pope as Witnesses for Justice
Catholic News Service (18 March 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Echoing Pope Francis’ vision for the church, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land, encouraged Catholics to be witnesses for the poor and for justice in the world out of love for the crucified Christ.

Orthodox Leaders Predict Close Cooperation with New Pope
Catholic News Service (18 March 2013)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — Applauding the election of Pope Francis, Orthodox leaders are stressing their hope for continued cooperation with the Catholic Church during his pontificate.

Table Time: Pope and Orthodox Discuss, Pray, Dine
Catholic News Service (21 March 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pastors and theologians involved in ecumenical dialogue emphasize the importance of “table time” — sharing meals — along with serious theological discussions, shared prayer and joint action.

Pope Francis: Ecumenical Dialogue Leads to Growth in Faith
Catholic News Service (28 June 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, who recently spoke of a need to increase the common responsibility all bishops hold for the universal church, told a delegation of Orthodox leaders that the Catholic Church can learn from the synod structure of the Eastern Christian churches.

At Pallium Mass, Archbishops Called to Be Ministers of Unity
Catholic News Service (2 July 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every bishop is called to be “a servant of communion,” working tirelessly to overcome divisions so that differences become a treasure and not a source of conflict, Pope Francis said.

Discussing Divorce, Pope Refers to Orthodox Practice
Catholic News Service (6 August 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox churches handle the breakup of marriages differently.

Patriarch Will Discuss Middle East Christians With Pope
Catholic News Service (10 May 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis in Jerusalem on 25 May, one of their main discussion topics will be the “diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East,” the patriarch told Catholic News Service.

Fifty Years Later, Pope and Patriarch Meet Again in Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (25 May 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Learning From Other Churches: Ecumenists Find Hope in Pope Francis
Catholic News Service (12 June 2014)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — Supporters of a new method for promoting Christian unity hailed the election of Pope Francis as presenting new opportunities for the Catholic Church to do what they believe all Christians must do: honestly face their internal problems, grow in fidelity to Christ and ask what their ecumenical partners can teach them.

Ecumenical Challenges, Possibilities Vary by Region
Catholic News Service (13 June 2014)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — Just as the divisions among Christians have a different history and have provoked different levels of tension in various parts of the world, the steps toward Christian unity will have geographical differences, said speakers at a conference promoting “receptive ecumenism.”

Couples From Different Churches Aim to Be Models for Christian Unity
Catholic News Service (13 June 2014)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — A husband and wife each active in their own Christian community can be models of an important step in the movement toward Christian unity: not just recognizing their diversity, but loving it despite the pain it sometimes can bring, said couples at a conference on ecumenism.

Fall Synod to Review State of Family; 2015 Synod to Draw Up Proposals
Catholic News Service (27 June 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Representatives of the world’s Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the church’s pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015.

In Turkey, Pope Francis Got a Look at Christianity on the Margins
Catholic News Service (1 December 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis’ 28-30 November visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope’s official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops.

Some See Unity Vision Reignited by Pope, Patriarch’s Gestures in Turkey
Catholic News Service (2 December 2014)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — After watching firsthand as Pope Francis bowed his head for a blessing from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during the pope’s 28-30 November trip to Turkey, an American-born Orthodox priest felt a joyful disbelief.

Pope: Ecumenism Means Theological Dialogue, Joint Work for Peace
Catholic News Service (30 January 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even as their theological dialogues continue in the search for full agreement on doctrinal issues, divided Christians are called to work together for justice and peace, especially in the Middle East, Pope Francis said.

Pope, Orthodox Patriarch Express Commitment for Unity
Catholic News Service (19 June 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis and the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch expressed their desire to work toward full communion of the two churches.

Pope Sends Greetings, Prayers to Newly Elected Assyrian Patriarch
Catholic News Service (21 September 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis expressed his joy and ”prayerful solidarity” to the new head of the Church of the East, 73-year-old Catholicos Gewargis III.

from Blog Content

Bridge Builders
Antin Sloboda briefly describes the role and history of the Sheptytsky Institute, currently working with CNEWA to organize a symposium.

Maronite Patriarch Visits CNEWA
Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai held a press conference at CNEWA's headquarters to promote peace and unity through open dialogue.

Picture of the Day: Meet the Press
CNEWA President Msgr. John Kozar, left, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai, right, listen to a reporter's question during yesterday's news conference at CNEWA's New York headquarters.

What Divides Catholics and Orthodox?
An article by the late Jesuit Father John Long discusses the current state of ecumenism between Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Prayer and Peace in the Land of Egypt
As the new Egyptian election results unfold, thousands of Coptic Christians of all stripes gather to pray in a striking display of ecumenism and shared Christian identity.

Christmas in the Holy Land
Msgr. Kozar concludes his pastoral visit to the Middle East, celebrating Mass with Archbishop Fouad Twal, visiting the place of Christ's birth, and more!

In the Middle East, Seeking "Dialogue With the Digital Culture"
The church continues to seek ways to reach hearts and minds across the boundaries of conflict and into the uncharted frontier of the new technological age.

Farewell to a Friend of CNEWA
Archbishop Michael Bzdel, retired metropolitan archeparch of Winnepeg and co-founder of CNEWA Canada, died 3 April 2012.

Pope Expresses Solidarity with Christians in Iraq
Pope Benedict XVI has sent an ecumenical message of solidarity to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.

An American Priest in Cairo
Father Douglas May discusses the work he does to foster understanding between people of different faiths and cultures.

"Breathing with Two Lungs" at Catholic University
For the first time, The Catholic University of America has appointed an Eastern Catholic to head its School of Theology.

Take Five: 5 Things You Should Know About Ecumenism
Aside from being a part of CNEWA's original mandate, ecumenism is woven intricately into the fabric of Catholic teaching.

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Take Five: 5 Things to Know About the Jewish Holidays
Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City on 13 September.

Picture of the Day: "Denomination Doesn't Matter"
Faithful celebrate Mass at a Roman Catholic church in Antakya, Hatay province. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Ecumenical Patriarch Praises Vatican II
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople addressed Pope Benedict XVI and the bishops and faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square today, praising Vatican II.

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"Remarkable"
Catholic News Service has been charting the 50th anniversary of Vatican II online, and yesterday noted the following event from 1962:

Death of a Father in Faith
The CNEWA family learned today of the death of one of its primary partners in the Middle East, Patriarch Ignatius IV of the Orthodox Patriarchal Church of Antioch.

Take Five: 5 Quotes on Ecumenism
Today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Here are five quotes to consider during this time of ecumenical intentions.

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Picture of the Day: Pope of Peace
Pope Benedict XVI is welcomed to Bkerke, Lebanon, by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter. (photo: John E. Kozar)

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Picture of the Day: The Pope as Pilgrim of Peace
In October of 2011, Pope Benedict made a pilgrimage to Assisi to meet with other religious leaders and mark the 25th anniversary of the first interfaith gathering for peace.

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Picture of the Day: Bartholomew and Benedict
In this image from 2008, Pope Benedict XVI and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, left, stand in front of the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (photo: CNS photo/L' Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: Making History
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople walks with Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, after attending Pope Francis' inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis and Patriarch May Travel to Holy Land Together
"The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI, the pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue."

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"Not an Enemy, But a Brother or Sister to Be Embraced!"
Pope Francis this morning met with nearly 200 members of the diplomatic corps, and spoke powerfully and poignantly about the church's mission in the world.

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Picture of the Day: “Blessed Pope John, Pray for Us”
A pilgrim holds a banner bearing the words “Blessed Pope John XXIII pray for us” in preparation for a Mass at the tomb of the pope. (photo: CNS)

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Picture of the Day: “To Grow Toward Unity”
Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, England, and Pope Francis attend a prayer service during a private audience at the Vatican on 14 June. (photo: CNS/Stefano Spaziani, pool)

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Picture of the Day: “Servant of Communion”
Pope Francis greets Orthodox Metropolitan John of Pergamon after praying with him at the tomb of St. Peter at the conclusion of Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

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Picture of the Day: The Seeds We Sow
The “bishop farmer” and one of his helpers pick vegetables from their garden. (photo: Mohammed El-Dakhakhny)

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Picture of the Day: Rome and Russia
Pope Francis meets with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of ecumenical relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican on 12 November. (photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: “Unceasing in Our Prayer for Peace”
Pope Francis embraces Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, at the Vatican in late March. (photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Collaborators
Pope Francis greets members of the Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration during the 50th anniversary of the committee at the Vatican on 11 January. (photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Walking Together
In this image from last March, Pope Francis walks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at the Vatican. (photo: CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic Press Photo)

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Picture of the Day: Gathered Together
In this photo from 11 January, Pope Francis greets participants in the annual meeting of the Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration. (photo: The Holy See)

The Church Alive!
Our good friends at Salt+Light Television have produced an excellent new series dedicated to the New Evangelization.

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Picture of the Day: A Modern Synthesis
Hieromonk Nykanor preaches from the iconostasis of the 17th-century Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Lviv. (photo: Ivan Babichuk)

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Ecumenical Patriarch to Join the Pope in the
“Invocation for Peace” at the Vatican

The Holy See announced this morning the structure for this weekend’s prayer with the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, and confirmed the participation of the ecumenical patriarch, Bartholomew of Constantinople.

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A Visitor From Ethiopia
Abune Mathias I, patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, visited Pope Francis today.

“What If They Gave a Synod and Nobody Came?”
The Pan-Orthodox Council planned for this month has run into choppy waters...

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Picture of the Day:
‘Let Us Allow the Lord to Look Upon Us Anew’

Pope Francis meets with Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Picture of the Day: ‘In a Spirit of Genuine Fraternity’
In this picture from September, Pope Francis is greeted by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during an interfaith peace gathering at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. (photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano handout via Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: Praying Together in Egypt
The meeting in Egypt last weekend brought together Pope Francis, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Picture of the Day: The Grand in the Simple
An Ethiopian Orthodox priest visits the Cathedral of the Holy Savior in Adigrat, to join his Catholic counterparts for breakfast. (photo: John E. Kozar)

from CNEWA Connections

From the Mailbag
(From CNEWA Connections June 2012)