Pope Francis takes step towards ordination of women in the Catholic Church

Source: Christian Today Ruth Gledhill CHRISTIAN TODAY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR The Roman Catholic Church took the first tentative steps towards women's ordination today when Pope Francis announced a new commission to look at the possibility of women deacons. However, there are concerns among campaigners for women priests in the Catholic Church that women deacons will be ordained in an attempt to fob them off from expecting any further moves towards equality. In an indication that the Pope … [Read more...]

Pope says he’s willing to study whether women can be deacons, in major step

Source: Chicago Tribune By Tribune news services  Contact Reporter VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men. Francis agreed to the proposal during a closed-door meeting with some 900 superiors of women's religious orders. Deacons are ordained ministers but are not priests, though they can … [Read more...]

Pope, Patriarch to Highlight Refugees’ Plight in Visit

Source: New York Times By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATHENS, Greece — Just as Europe starts sending would-be migrants back to Turkey, the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches are heading to a Greek island to voice solidarity with those who have streamed in fleeing war, poverty and persecution. Saturday's high-powered visit to Lesbos by Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, and Athens Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will meet in Lesvos

Source: The Press Project Pope Francis will visit Lesvos, the Greek island which has been in the spotlight because of the refugee crisis on April 15. The Church of Greece on Tuesday confirmed that it had accepted the Pontiff΄s proposal to visit and had also extended an invitation to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church, to also pay a visit to the island at the same time. The point of the meeting at Lesvos is to draw international attention on the … [Read more...]

Catholic archbishop, Orthodox leader see significance in Havana meeting

Source: Catholic News Service BY SEAN GALLAGHER Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The U.S. archbishop who is co-chair of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and an archdeacon who helps lead Orthodox ecumenical efforts in the United States watched with interest as Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met in Cuba Feb. 12. Both of them — Catholic Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis and Orthodox Archdeacon John Chryssavgis — saw … [Read more...]

BBC, PBS interviews with Metropolitan Tikhon highlight meeting of Pope Francis, Patriarch Kirill

Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] EDITOR’S UPDATE: View the interview with Metropolitan Tikhon and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick that aired on PBS on Friday, February 12, 2016.  The segment begins at 22:58. British Broadcasting Corporation and Public Broadcasting Service will air interviews with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon on the widely publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at Havana’s José Martí International Airport … [Read more...]

PATRIARCH KIRILL: THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF ANY UNION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH WITH THE NON-ORTHODOX

Source: Russian Orthodox Church - Department for External Church Relations The forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council is to consider a draft document on Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World adopted by the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference on October 10-17, 2015, in Chambesy. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia reported this to the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has opened in Moscow. In his report about the … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Pope’s High Road to Having a Heart

By MICHIKO KAKUTANI During his training as a Jesuit priest in the 1960s, Jorge Mario Bergoglio — who, decades later, would become Pope Francis — spent three years teaching literature and psychology in his native Argentina. He taught the classics, like “El Cid,” but when his students expressed an interest in authors like Antonio Machado and Fernando de Rojas, he taught them, too, as a way of nurturing a love of literature in his pupils. He also encouraged his students to write, and had his … [Read more...]

OCA to be represented at Friday’s Papal visit to “Ground Zero”

Source: Orthodox Church in America NEW YORK, NY [OCA]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon is one of several Orthodox Christian and other US religious leaders who has been invited to attend an interfaith gathering at “Ground Zero” here on Friday, September 25, 2015, the fourth day of Pope Francis’ six-day American tour. Accompanying Metropolitan Tikhon will be Archpriest John A. Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America. The gathering will take place at the National … [Read more...]

High-ranking US Jesuit: Married priests would be healthy for the Church

Source: Crux High-ranking US Jesuit: Married priests would be healthy for the Church By Michael O'Loughlin National reporter A high-ranking US Jesuit says he wouldn’t be surprised if Pope Francis ushers in an era of married priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and says having the conversation would be “healthy” for the Church. “I used to say, ‘Well, it will change but probably not in my lifetime.’ And then Pope Francis came along, and what I see him doing is opening the avenues for … [Read more...]