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"Fr. Diskin had a unique way of putting things into perspective and offering people possible solutions to the issues they were struggling with,” MAria Chavira, chancellor, said of her assistant counterpart.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The story of the Christian family includes tales of how its Eastern and Western branches separated, grew apart, attempted reconciliation, hurt each other and now are trying to work together for the sake of the children today and for generations to come.
Shortly after celebrating the first Eucharist, Jesus prayed that “all may be one.” It is this prayer that is at the root of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25. Celebrated globally, the Arizona Faith Network is giving local faithful a chance to participate by sponsoring a Prayer Service for Christian Unity at 7p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, mourned the death of Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson, 90, died Jan. 2.
Ecumenism is everybody’s responsibility. That was the message shared by two nationally-renown speakers at the annual Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 23 this year at St. Mary’s Basilica.
As people of faith, we know that this was not the end of the story. On the third day, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead and gave hope to all who believe in Him that, as St. John will remind us, “we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn 3:2). Like Jesus, we will die. Like Jesus, we will rise from the dead. The reality that we are confronted with death is both mysterious and full of hope.
In a world with more than 33,000 Christian denominations, it’s rare to see leaders of several of them gathered in one place to pray for unity. Yet that’s exactly what happened Jan. 20 at St. Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church in Scottsdale. Leaders of the Arizona Faith Network and members of local congregations gathered for a prayer service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international Christian ecumenical event held annually since 1908.
Valley faith communities gathered for an evening of prayer in honor of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Diocese of Phoenix is set to strengthen its relationships with ecumenical and interfaith organizations focused on civil discourse and community initiatives in the New Year.
For nearly 25 years, Gary Brown cared for families during their time of greatest sorrow: the loss of a loved one. He recently ended his tenure as president and chief executive.
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