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Webinar Series — For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission — Reflections


The Research Centre on Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism at Saint Paul University,

in collaboration with Regis College in the University of Toronto,

invites you to a webinar presentation to mark the launch of a new collection:

Prof. Alberto Melloni,

John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies, Bologna, Italy

Director, The History of the Desire for Christian Unity. 3 Vols. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2021-.

Desiderium Unitatis:

The Historical Trajectory of Ecumenism

This lecture will explore three narratological currents in the historiography of the modern ecumenical movement. The first, a narrative of return, described the path to unity in terms of a necessary return. A second narrative of suffering runs through the sources and enters the ecumenical fabula, distancing itself from previous accounts and depicting the rupture of unity as a fatal error in need of healing. A third thread operative in the sources is the narrative of urgency. It enters the discourse of the pioneers of ecumenism in the wake of World Wars I and II, or in the face of rising atheism and Soviet imperialism. Drawing from the case studies of institutions, doctrines, and actors burning with a desire for Christian unity, we examine the inner dimension of what set in motion the processes that are now the subject of historical investigation.

Friday, March 18 at 1 p.m. (EDT): Desiderium Unitatis: The Historical Trajectory of Ecumenism

This Webinar can be accessed through the following link: 

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Dr. Clifford with UMC

Dr. Catherine Clifford has participated in the Methodist–Roman Catholic International Commission since 2017. She most recently took part in a meeting in Hong Kong in Fall 2018. The World Methodist Council and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity have engaged in dialogue since 1966.

Dr. Clifford with Global Christian Forum

Dr. Catherine Clifford participated in the Global Christian Forum in Bogotá, Colombia, in Spring 2018. The Global Christian Forum seeks to be a location where Christians from older (i.e. Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant) and newer (i.e. Pentecostal, Independent Churches) traditions can come into contact. 

Dr. Clifford meet Pope Francis

Dr. Catherine Clifford met Pope Francis as part of the Methodist–Roman Catholic Dialogue group.

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