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Civil rights leaders and Christians gathered this April 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' The Christian leaders there presented a response to Dr. King's daughter, Rev. Bernice King.
Pictured: USCCB staff members and bishops represented the Catholic membership of Christian Churches Together at the event.
Read the full text of some of the powerful speeches delivered and see news coverage on our 50th anniversary landing page.
The USCCB’s Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs participates in more than a dozen ongoing ecumenical dialogues and consultations.
For the most current information, check out our frequently updated EIA homepage or see what Special Events are coming up. You can read more about who we are and find out what is currently happening through our dialogue pages on the left-hand sidebar.
Underlying the Catholic Church’s pursuit of ecumenism is its recognition that elements of sanctification and truth are found in other churches (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium 8).
It can be said that the Ecumenicity of the Church is another way of expressing her radical catholicity or universality (See Guidelines for Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue 1967).
Since the 1960’s, following Vatican II, breakthrough agreements have been reached between Catholics and other communions including a statement on Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry. A joint statement on the doctrine of justification was similarly released between Catholics and Lutherans.
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