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Vatican official reviews ecumenical progress with Protestant communities

January 22, 2013

Writing for L’Osservatore Romano, Father Gregory Fairbanks, an official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has reviewed the recent progress of ecumenical dialogue with several Protestant communities.

“The year 2012 initiated the Year of Faith, and an intensification of efforts [was] made with relations with Reformed, Baptists and Anabaptists, as well as other Christians,” he said. “A new trilateral international dialogue was initiated with Lutherans and Mennonites. A new consensus document was finished by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.”

“It was a year mixed with the conclusion of some dialogues, the continuation of others, and the initiation of new rounds of dialogues, all with the goal of growing together in faith, in the search for the visible unity which is the goal of the ecumenical movement,” he continued, before discussing in greater detail the status of dialogue with different communities.


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