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Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


Featured Resource of the Week

Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield, MA and Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has released a statement condemning the recent rise of anti-Semitism in the United States. Bishop Rozanski  states "I encourage everyone to remember their neighbor, to find the opportunities to be lights of resistance, resilience, and persistence during these contentious times, especially with all our brothers and sisters of faith."

Jubilee Year of Mercy

SEIA has produced a resource on reconciliation and dialogue in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

500th Anniversary of Reformation

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. 

A resource list was compiled for those looking for ways to commemorate the Reformation and work for greater Christian Unity.  

Current Issues and recent news

In light of recent tragic events throughout the world, the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs wishes to reaffirm the Bishops' Committee statement from 2014, which calls for a consistent ethic of dialogue and condemns religious violence.

Drawing on 50 years of national and international dialogue, Lutherans and Catholics together have issued the "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist," a unique ecumenical document that marks a pathway toward greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans.

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation celebrates its 50th anniversary this year! Greetings and well wishes were sent from Cardinal Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome; and Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton and the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Reformed-Catholic Dialogue recently completed the sixth meeting of the eight round of dialogue a few weeks after the conclusion of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey. The members of the dialogue share their reflections on the impact of Pope Francis' visit to the United States.

Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden:  Pope Frances lead the event with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to highlight the progress of Catholic-Lutheran relations since Vatican II.  The event included a prayer service using the recently released "Common Prayer" based upon "From Conflict to Communion," which comments on the Reformation and the last 50 years of dialogue from both the Catholic and Lutheran perspective.

A note from our Executive Director


Al Baca
Executive Director,
Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

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