Every second Saturday of the month, 4 pm - Divine Liturgy in English of Sunday - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, Duke Street, London W1K 5BQ. Followed by refreshments.
8 November, 2014, 22nd Sunday - 13 December, 2014, 27th Sunday - 10 January, 2014, Sunday after Christmas

9 September 2014 - Coptic Lecture by Bishop Angaelos, 6-45 pm, St Mark's Coptic Church, Allen Street, London W8 (following the AGM at 6 pm of the Anglican & Eastern Churches Association)

17-20 September 2014 - Orientale Lumen UK, East-West Meeting XI, Minster Abbey - Sacred Art & Sacred Music - 50 Years Since Paul VI and Athenagoras in Jerusalem. Dr Alexander Lingas & Dr Christopher Hodkinson, Musicians East and West. Angela Maguin, Gregorian Chant & St Hildegard. Irina Lomax, Iconographer. Further details from http://www.minsterabbeynuns.org/. Bookings to Sr Benedict Gaughan osb, St Mildred's Priory, Minster Abbey, Ramsgate, CT12 4HF (deposit £5). Download booking form here.

6 November 2014 - Fr Mark Drew: The Filioque - Past Division, Journey to Reconciliation? Lessons from A 13th Century Controversy The SSJC Christopher Morris Lecture 2014. 7-15 pm at the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Duke Street, London W1, after Divine Liturgy at 6-15pm. All welcome. RSVP johnchrysostom@btinternet.com

26-28 November 2014 - Eastern Christian Thought & Practice for 21st Century Europe,Theotokos Institute, University of Cardiff. Prof Andrew Louth (Durham), Dr Roman Zaviyskyy (Lviv Ukrainian Catholic University), Bishop Vahan Hovhanissian (Armenian Apostolic Church in Britain) - Details from http://www.tics.org.uk/

27 November 2014 - Constantinople Lecture of the Anglican & Eastern Churches Association and the Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius - Fr John Behr, Dean of St Vladimir's Seminary, New York USA: Take Back Death! Christian Witness in the Twenty-First Century. St Mellitus College, 24 Collingham Road, LONDON SW5 0LX. 6 pm Evening Prayer, 7pm Lecture. All Welcome.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Europe's Brothers: Catholic and Orthodox Bishops Embrace at Communion & Liberation Meeting in Rimini

Zenit.org reports (August 24, 2010:

High-ranking representatives of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches embraced on Monday in a moment reflecting a will for unity between the two Churches. It was a highlight of the 31st Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, an annual event sponsored by the Catholic Communion and Liberation Movement in Rimini, Italy. The cardinal and metropolitan made their embrace of unity as they joined in a debate on the topic "Can An Educated Man, a European of Our Days, Actually Believe in the Divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ?"

Cardinal Erdo is the archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, and the president of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE). Filaret is the metropolitan of Minsk and Sluzk and Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus.

The Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches are already united in their common stance on many issues affecting Europe: challenges to life and family and religious freedom among them. Recently, an apostolic nunciature was opened in Moscow, and there is ever greater insistence on a meeting between Benedict XVI and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

To this end, Metropolitan Filaret said that "the time is ripe for a meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch. It might even be possible in 2011; in principle I see no obstacles. We have been in dialogue with the Catholic Church for some time, at times with moments of exhilaration, at others with a fall in tensions," he added. "Now we are in a moment of stability, but between us, we, the parties, are open to dialogue. I hope this atmosphere will continue."

Cardinal Erdo pointed to Catholic-Orthodox union in dogmatic issues. "Hence, for me," he said, "the circumstance that we are not in full and complete communion is a physical pain."

The searching discussion (for further details, see the full Zenit report here) concluded with these words from Cardinal Erdo:

God is only one, and only one is the mediator between God and men: the man Jesus
Christ," stressed Cardinal Erdo. Because of this, "we must be messengers and
missionaries of the new evangelization of Europe. We must be united with our
other Christian brothers, because unity can reinforce our testimony.
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