2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: "The image of the wall is very current today — now more than when [the Germans] wrote the reflection," said Father Anthony Currer, who coordinates the Vatican contribution to the week of prayer.
In Durham, York and elsewhere, Anglican cathedrals now see Catholic, Methodist and Baptist services, bring in Muslims and Hindus -- a new way to be "beacons of Christianity."
When Franciscan Br. Michael Minton heard that Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay needed temporary housing for single Muslim male refugees, he knew it was the answer to prayer.
By 8:50 a.m. on that first Saturday morning of the spring series of classes on "Introducing the Qur'an to Christians," the line to sign in was over a dozen deep.
NCR Today: An interfaith panel at George Mason University discussed whether religion is a "problem" or a "solution" in individual lives, or in the world at large, these days.
Parish Diary: In a shrinking world, as religions and cultures interact and sometimes react, priests can be instruments of peace beyond their church walls.
NCR Today: The president refuted unequivocally the bigoted anti-Muslim rhetoric heard on the political campaign trail these days, and he reaffirmed one of the foundational ideals of the U.S.
Francis was part of a service which saw poignant reflections from Jewish and Muslim leaders, a prayer of remembrance from the pope, and Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim meditations.
Though today's university students were not even born when Nostra Aetate, the Vatican Council statement on interreligious relations, was promulgated 50 years ago, they are affected by its contents.
The day, Francis said, will give Catholics an opportunity to ask God's help in protecting creation and for forgiveness for "sins against the world."