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Ecumenical Review discusses Pope Francis’s contribution to ecumenical dialogue

Ecumenical Review discusses Pope Francis’s contribution to ecumenical dialogue

Reformation commemoration in Lund, Sweden. © Mikael Ringlander/Ikon

Mar 22, 2017

As Pope Francis marks the fourth anniversary of his election, the latest issue of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the World Council of Churches (WCC), opens with an article discussing the ecumenical gestures that have marked his pontificate, one of the most striking being his presence at the joint Catholic–Lutheran Reformation commemoration in Lund in 2016.

Entitled “Ecumenical Recognition, Ecumenical Utopia,” the issue includes key documents from the Lund event. Several articles focus on approaches to ecumenical recognition between churches that lead to reconciliation, and the need for “utopian” thinking to transcend obstacles to ecumenical progress. Other articles deal with new challenges to what it means to be the church arising from the encounter of established and migrant churches, and from the increasing digital nature of society.

The issue also contains articles related to the WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, including contributions from a panel on “Religion: Way of War or Path to Peace?” held during the WCC central committee meeting in Trondheim, 2016.

The Ecumenical Chronicle includes a WCC interview with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, to mark the 25th anniversary of his election, and key texts from the WCC executive committee in Nanjing and Shanghai, the first meeting of a WCC governing body in the People’s Republic of China.

The Ecumenical Review is published by Wiley on behalf of the World Council of Churches.

Contents page of the latest issue (articles from this issue may be freely downloaded)

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