Tag: Pope Francis

Foreign Diplomats Assess the Vatican’s Ostpolitik
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Politics

Foreign Diplomats Assess the Vatican’s Ostpolitik

Image: iStock.com/PhotoBeto It was a great opportunity to express solidarity to Ukraine by taking part in a panel discussion at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv on July 1. Four ex-ambassadors to the Holy See—Ukrainian,  Lithuanian, EU (originally from Poland), Georgian—were invited to speak about the history and contemporary challenges of the Vatican’s Ostpolitik. Ostpolitik…

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Pope Francis’s Engagement with the Orthodox<span class='secondary-title'>An Afterward Comment on His Visit to Cyprus and Greece</span>
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Pope Francis’s Engagement with the OrthodoxAn Afterward Comment on His Visit to Cyprus and Greece

by Pantelis Kalaitzidis | български | ქართული | Română | Русский | Српски This essay was published in Greek at Polymeros kai Polytropos, the blog of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies. Since the very beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has appeared in front of the crowd gathered physically at the St. Peter’s square and the entire…

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Pope Francis in Cyprus and Greece
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Pope Francis in Cyprus and Greece

The papal trip to Cyprus and Greece (December 2-6, 2021) showed Francis’ attention to the Mediterranean, which was also the focus of his first trip (Lampedusa in July 2013), but also his attention to Eastern Orthodoxy as a traveling companion to a Catholic Church increasingly subject to identitarian and nationalist tensions in Europe and worldwide….

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Ecological Economics as Care for Creation
Religion and the Environment

Ecological Economics as Care for Creation

In accord with his longstanding commitment to resolving the world’s ecological crisis, Patriarch Bartholomew has recently signed a joint letter with Pope Francis in commemoration of the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1st. This day has been observed by the Orthodox Church since 1989 and was recognized by Pope Francis…

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What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change
Public Life

What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change

On September 1, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint statement in commemoration of the ecclesiastical Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. As has become typical, this statement expressed concern for the well-being of the poorest of the poor while simultaneously overlooking the primary means by which their poverty has been…

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Common Senses
Environmental Ethics

Common Senses

On Friday, Sept. 1, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis issued a “Joint Message on the World Day of Prayer for Creation.” Just over one page long, the pithy document packs an ethical imperative into its message about prayer for creation. This isn’t the first time that a pope and Patriarch have opined together on…

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Pope Francis in Egypt:  Why Ecumenism is Necessary
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Pope Francis in Egypt: Why Ecumenism is Necessary

by Massimo Faggioli Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt (April 28-29, 2017) has been one of the most important and difficult for this pontificate, given the international political situation and the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt and of all Christians between Africa and the Middle East. It is not easy to look at this trip…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Pope Francis’s Visit to Armenia: A Bridge Out of Isolation

by Yelena Ambartsumian Ahead of Pope Francis’s recent visit to Armenia (June 24-26), there was much speculation as to whether he would again use the word “genocide” in reference to the massacres of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. The prepared remarks, released by the Vatican, appeared to omit that politically charged designation—instead…

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Why Did Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Agree to Meet with Pope Francis?
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Global Orthodoxy

Why Did Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Agree to Meet with Pope Francis?

We live in historic times. About a week ago, the leaders of the Orthodox Churches announced their commitment to hold the Pan-Orthodox Council on the island of Crete in mid-June 2016. The failed attempts to organize such a council for more than fifty years have been attributed to a variety of factors, most notably the…

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