Section : Ecumenical

  • Candelmas

    Feast Feb. 2: Presentation of Child Jesus on #Candlemas

    Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Purification of the Blessed Virgin, is being observed today (Feb. 2) by Christians around the world. While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas. On Candlemas, many Christians (especially Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans, Orthodox and Roman Catholics) also take their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year.
  • Gu 'Joseph' Yuese

    China's Largest Megachurch Ex-Pastor Arrested by Authorities for Supporting Religious Freedom

    In what some people are calling the most high-profile religious persecution case since the Cultural Revolution, the former pastor of China's largest state-run megachurch was arrested on Saturday by a local public security bureau in China's coastal Zhejiang province, according to persecution watchdog China Aid. Authorities reportedly re-apprehended Gu "Joseph" Yuese sometime before Christmas; on Jan. 7, his family received an announcement he had been arrested on charges of embezzling funds.
  • Pope Francis

    Pope Francis Remembers Protestant Reformation Day in Ecumenical Efforts

    Monday, October 31, Pope Francis visited Sweden on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. He did not attend in support of the Reformation itself Martin Luther, though he did have plenty to say in favor of Doctor Luther's courage and role in part towards restoring the sacred view of Scripture for peoples and generations to come. Rather, his motive was one more of humility and ecumenical respect, urging Christ's followers to "look with love and honesty at our past, recognizing error and seeking forgiveness."
  • WCC Head to Pentecostals: We Need Each Other

    In the first-ever greeting to the Pentecostal World Conference by a general secretary of the World Council of Church, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse expressed how Pentecostals and members of his ecumenical group have a common call in God’s mission and need each other to fulfill the call.
  • Chinese Church Leaders Make Historic Visit to Presbyterian Church of Taiwan

    Six delegates from China Christian Council and Chinese Christian Church Three-Self Protestant Movement visited Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) headquarters on November 16. The delegation included associate general secretaries from both organizations and a few seminary presidents from different regions of China. This occasion marked the first time that leaders from these two Chinese church organizations visited the PCT.
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    WEA, China Church Leaders Meet for In-Depth Talks

    A delegation of 24 leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance met with leaders of China’s state-run church bodies Monday, building upon the relationships formed during the first visit by the alliance’s head, Geoff Tunnicliffe, in 2008.
  • NCCT Promotes Ecumenism at Home and Between Taiwan and China

    National Council of Churches Taiwan (NCCT) has confirmed it will hold a Christian sports meet on November 7 at a YMCA in Taipei. NCCT members include Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Orthodox churches. In addition, it will hold a forum on “Modern city churches and their ministries” focusing on churches in China and Taiwan in particular on November 13~14 at Taipei Methodist Church.
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    Christians in Taiwan Gathered for Global Day of Prayer on Taipei 101

    On Pentecost, May 31, Taiwan and 213 countries held the 2009 Global Day of Prayers in unison. Christians from the 19 counties and cities of Taiwan held prayer meetings for Taiwan in their respective areas. In Taipei metropolitan area, 700 pastors, market place representatives, and prayer intercessors gathered on the 84th floor of Taipei 101, the world’s highest point to pray for the transformation of Taiwan country and the churches.
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