5 July, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 01/23/2012
INDIA
Christian unity week in Vijayawada
by Sr. Benigna Menezes
Leaders from various Christian denominations met in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) for the Week of Prayer for Christian unity. “There is room for everyone in God’s plan of salvation,” the local bishop, Mgr Prakash Mallavarapu said.

Vijayawada (AsiaNews) – Christian unity “is not just about friendship and cooperation. It requires willingness to give and challenge each other. We must open ourselves to our fellow man, offering and receiving so as to enter Christ’s new life, which is the only victory,” said Mgr Prakash Mallavarapu, bishop of Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), as he welcomed religious leaders from other Christian denominations at the start of the Week of prayer for Christian unity at the local pastoral centre last Friday. This year’s topic, “We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ”, comes from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

Catholic, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Methodist and other clerics together opened the prayer service with a procession, led by Mgr Prakash who carried a Bible.

“There is room for everyone in God’s plan of salvation,” the bishop said. “Through His death and resurrection, Christ embraces all”.

“The movement of ecumenical unity is a new awareness that is slowly creeping beneath the suffering body of Christ which craves to remain united under the one head that is Jesus Christ, the Lord of all humanity,” said Rt Rev Gowada Daivashirvadan, bishop of the Church of South India, which belongs to the Anglican Communion.

Rev Bernard Apel, a German clergyman from the World Council of Churches, was present at the ceremony.

About 10 per cent (1 million) of the population of Vijayawada, where the ceremony was held, are Christians. Across India, Christians represent only 2.3 per cent of the population.

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/20/2014 INDIA
Jharkhand, celebrations for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity even among tribals
by Nirmala Carvalho
01/15/2008 KOREA
Putting prayer into practice, a tool for Christian unity
01/23/2011 VATICAN
Pope: Ecumenism, close to the Churches of Jerusalem
01/23/2005 VATICAN
The Pope calls for prayer and personal commitment to Christian Unity
01/25/2013 VATICAN
Pope: Christian unity, a privileged way to announce the faith

Editor's choices
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosquesPresident Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.