Leaders representing the Roman Catholic Church and some American Protestant denominations have signed an agreement in Texas to recognize each other's baptisms.
After about six years of dialogue, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and the United Church of Christ signed a document recognizing each other's liturgical rites of baptism.
The five denominations signed the "Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism," affirming the baptism agreement on Tuesday evening at a prayer service held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin. more >>
Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Kurt Koch spoke on Thursday at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, telling members of the council that divisions within Christianity further inhibit evangelism.
Previous to the plenary meeting, president of the council Cardinal Koch said that "the credibility of the message of the Gospel depends on unity."
A news service that focuses on religious stories across the globe has announced that they will be suspending their operations for the immediate future due to lack of funds.
Ecumenical News International, a source of religious news founded in 1994 and supported by several interdenominational groups, made the announcement on Monday.
The Rev. David Harris, president of ENInews, told The Christian Post that funding issues regarding its four original major supporting organizations were the cause of the suspension. more >>
WASHINGTON -- A prominent black church leader believes that the level of civil discourse in our country regarding politics and faith is at an "all-time low."
The Rev. Franklyn Richardson, chair of the National Conference of Black Churches, made that assessment Thursday. He was one of several church leaders invited to an event on public discourse.
Richardson said that the key element of the low level of good discourse could be found with "articulated intolerance." He told CP that he felt in order to raise the level of civil discourse, the Church must "own its part" in creating the poor environment for civility. more >>
Christians from around the world have been flocking to Germany's oldest city to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of the Holy Robe, the seamless garment believed to be worn by Jesus shortly before his crucifixion.
The garment went on display for the first time in 16 years on April 13 in Trier, Germany as a part of the "Holy Robe Pilgrimage 2012," hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier.
Major ecumenical organization National Council of Churches will be examining its financial problems at its upcoming leadership meeting later this month.
NCC will hold an executive committee meeting Feb. 23-24 in Chicago, where reports will be presented by three task forces: financial sustainability, ecumenical landscape, and transitional leadership. The executive committee meeting is in preparation for the governing board meeting in May.
"Member communions have experienced drops in revenue as their contributing congregations have been forced to cut back on giving, and as a result some member communions have been forced to curtail their contributions to the NCC," explained Philip E. Jenks, media relations specialist for NCC, to The Christian Post. more >>