"A new commandment that I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, as you also loved one another."
John 13: 34
This page represents some of the relationships that the Church has with our Brothers and Sisters.
Ecumenical relationships are those with our baptized Brothers and Sisters.
Interfaith relationships are those with our Brothers and Sisters who are not baptized.
Included here are documents and information for both Ecumenical and Interfaith relationships.
Our Evangelical Neighbours
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Together in Christ -
In January 2017, The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will be releasing joint material to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The resource is entitled, "Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation". The resource includes a five-part parish study guide which may be used in individual segments or as a whole series by Lutheran, Catholic, or ecumenical study session focusing on the Reformation. The resource is designed to bring Catholic and Lutheran parishes together to facilitate discussions touching on some of the historical and theological questions surrounding the Reformation and the advancements in reconciliation which have occurred over the past 50 years.
See the full press release here:
2016 Message to Muslims from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to mark the month of Ramadan and its conclusion
Catholic-Hindu Dialogue in Canada
Joint statement on the importance of hospitality to the stranger and receiving refugees:francais
This 2013 ecumenical document was produced by the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The ecumenical agreement was crafted by Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic theologians concerning the nature and purpose of the Church. The agreed statement is said to be the broadest ecumenical statement on ecclesiology ever produced in a multilateral framework. See the document at these links:
Ecumenical and Interfaith Letter:
From November 7 to 18, 2016, the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) deliberated in Marrakech, Marrocco. This meeting included discussions on how to actuate the goals of the Paris Agreement (December 2015).
The CCCB President, Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., has signed an ecumenical and interfaith letter with other religious leaders and faith based organizations in Canada assuring prayers and support for the Canadian delegation attending the meeting. The letter was sent this past week to The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment & Climate Change, who was leading the Canadian delegation.
Participants in a recent symposium sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences published a statement on its website entitled “Laudato Si’ and the Path to COP 22”.
Council visits Auschwitz-Birkenau
From October 30 to November 2, 2016, religious leaders from the Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel made a trip to Poland. During this time the delegation made a visit to the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. On November 8, 2016, the delegation released a statement which read in part:
“As the leaders of the official religious communities in Israel, we have decided to embark together on an historic visit to Poland, and to the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This visit is meant to honor the memory of millions of Jews and other victims of the Holocaust, and to express the determination of the leaders of the religious communities in Israel to do everything in their power to prevent the recurrence of such atrocities.”
The delegation included Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III; Melkite Catholic Archbishop Georges Bacouni; and Anglican, Druze, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders. Further information on the visit can be accessed at the following web links:
At the invitation of Bishop Abgar Hovakimian, Primate of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Diocese of Canada, and Metropolitan Sotirios, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, the CCCB President Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., has co-sign a joint statement on the recent agreement of the Armenian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church to start restoration work on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This is the first kind of restoration work in over 200 years. The Edicule, an 1810 structure that encompasses the Tomb of Christ, has been damaged over the years by the vast numbers of tourists and pilgrims visiting the site.
Further information can be found on the following links, including a virtual tour of the Holy Sepulchre.
Vatican Radio – Joint Declaration ENGLISH: