BLOG – Communique from Methodist-Catholic Commission Plenary, October 2022

The Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission (MERCIC) met at the Casa Maria Immacolata, Rome, from 2nd-8th October 2022 for the first plenary meeting of a new round of dialogue. The Commission has met without interruption since its foundation in 1967 and now begins its twelfth round on the theme of unity and mission. The gathering was hosted […]
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BLOG – Private Audience with Pope Francis

Audience of Pope Franciswith the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission5 October 2022 Summary: Pope Francis received members of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission (MERCIC) in a private audience on Wednesday, 5th October. The commission, which began work in 1967 and has met since without interruption, is currently meeting in Rome at the Casa Maria Immaculata for the […]
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PHOTO – Matthew Meeting Pope Francis

The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, greets Pope Francis at the Basilica of St. Paul’s-Outside-the Walls in Rome for Papal Vespers at the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on 25 January 2022.

PHOTO – Remembrance Sunday at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome on 14 November

The Reverend Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, attended a Sung Eucharist service at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome on Remembrance Sunday, 14 November 2021. In additional to ecumenical guests, several members of the diplomatic community were also in attendance. Members of the Armed Forces and their families and those […]
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BLOG – MEOR Director Participates in Opening of Synod on Synodality

The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, was one of three fraternal delegates (i.e., delegates from non-Catholic churches) to participate in the opening of the Synod of Bishops on 9-10 October in the Vatican City State. In this historic moment, Pope Francis is leading an intentional, worldwide effort to reshape […]
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PHOTO – Methodists Meet Focolare Movement President

On the sidelines of the Sant’Egidio peace conference, MEOR director Rev. Matthew A. Laferty (left) and Revd Leao Neto (second from right), Interreligious Relations chair of the World Methodist Council, met the president of the Focoloare Movement Ms. Margaret Karram (second from left) and her colleague Focolarina Sandra Ferreira (right).

PHOTO – Methodists Participate in Sant’Egidio International Peace Conference on Fraternity and Ecology

Several Methodists attended the Sant’Egidio international interreligious peace conference in Rome that focused this year on human fraternity and ecology. Pictured left to right: Fr. Rolando Curzi from the Sant’Egidio Community, Revd Mirella Manocchio from the Methodist Churches in Italy, Revd Leao Neto from the World Methodist Council, and Rev. Matthew A. Laferty from the […]
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PHOTO – Celebrating 55 Years of Anglican Ecumenical Ministry in Rome

The Anglican Centre in Rome celebrated its 55th anniversary on 3 October 2021. Pictured left to right: Archbishop Ian Ernest from the Anglican Centre in Rome, Fr. Stefano Del Bove SJ from the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Reverend Dr. Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman from Ponte Sant’Angelo Methodist Church of Rome, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the […]
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BLOG – Dialogue as a Tool of Unity

The Feast of Peter and Paul on June 29th is a major affair here in Rome. Both Peter and Paul were martyred in Rome, and their tombs remain to this day important pilgrimage sites. Many representations and icons of the two saints exist, but the Eastern Orthodox icon of Peter and Paul meeting and holding […]
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PHOTO – MEOR Director Meets Lutheran World Federation President, Leaders

MEOR director the Rev. Matthew A. Laferty met with the president, general secretary, and other leaders from the Lutheran World Federation during their visit to Rome, 25-27 June 2021. Rev. Laferty was a special guest at a lecture by LWF general secretary the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas […]
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