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Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. Vatican Media

Anglicans Recognize Pope as "father of the Church in the West": Archbishop of Canterbury

Aug 5, 2022

In ecumenical discussions at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, has said that most Anglicans recognize the pope as “the father of the Church in the West.”

Pope Francis at a Mass for the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica, June 29, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Care for Vulnerable

Jun 29, 2022

Pope Francis called Wednesday for Catholics not to retreat into their own groups, but to open the church doors and work together to care for the vulnerable in the world.

Pope Francis presides at the celebration of Second Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of St. Paul at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, Jan. 25, 2021. Vatican Media.

"The Lord wants us to trust one another": Pope Francis

Jan 25, 2022

The pope was preaching at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan of Togo's Lomé Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Lomé

Accompany Prayer for Christian Unity with “concrete gestures”: Catholic Archbishop in Togo

Jan 18, 2022

A Catholic Archbishop in Togo has called on followers of Christ to use the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity not only to pray for unity but also to accompany the initiative with concrete gestures of love for one another.

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA and Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Vatican Asks Catholic Bishops to Invite Local Protestant, Orthodox Leaders in Synodal Path

Jan 18, 2022

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Looks Ahead to the 1700th Anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek unity.

Pope Francis with Orthodox Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon on June 28, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA

Witness of Growing Communion Between Christians “a sign of hope”: Pope Francis

Jun 28, 2021

Pope Francis told a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the witness of growing communion between Christians would be “a sign of hope for many.”

Pope Francis meets Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa, president of the Lutheran World Federation, at the Vatican, June 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Jesus Feels Pain at our Divisions: Pope Francis to Lutheran Leaders

Jun 26, 2021

Pope Francis told a group of Lutheran leaders on Friday that the desire for unity grows the more Christians understand how much Christ suffers over our divisions.

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis Praises Coptic Orthodox Martyrs as "saints of all Christians"

Feb 15, 2021

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.”

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

New Vatican Guide for Bishops Addresses Common Challenges to Christian Unity

Dec 5, 2020

The Vatican published Friday a guide with suggestions for Catholic bishops to promote unity with other Christian communities, and offering practical advice for how to overcome common challenges to ecumenism.

Pope Francis at the general audience March 14, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Remembers 25 Years of 'Ut unum sint,' John Paul II's Letter on Ecumenism

May 25, 2020

Pope Francis Monday remembered Ut unum sint, St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, on the 25th anniversary of its publication.

Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould, the newly appointed Bishop for the diocese of Constantine in Algeria

French-Born Bishop-Elect for Algeria’s Constantine Diocese Hopes for Hospitality

Dec 11, 2019

The newly appointed Bishop for the diocese of Constantine in Algeria, French-born Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould has expressed hope for being accorded the warm welcome of hospitality by the people of God in his new jurisdiction soon after the Holy Father’s decision was made public Monday, December 9.