PHOTO – Meeting with H.Em. Luis Antonio Tagle from the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Evangelization of Peoples

The Reverend Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome and the Methodist representative to the Holy See, met His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization for Peoples, on 16 March 2021. They discussed a wide array of topics related to mission and evangelism. Cardinal Tagle oversees […]
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PHOTO – Meeting with H.E. Sally Axworthy MBE, British Ambassador to the Holy See

MEOR director and Methodist representative to the Holy See Matthew A. Laferty met H.E. Sally Axworthy MBE, British ambassador to the Holy See, to discuss the work of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, the role of women in Methodist churches, and issues affecting Methodists globally. He also presented Ambassador Axworthy with a book on women […]
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PHOTOS – Preaching at St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Rome – 7 March 2021

On Sunday, 7 March 2021, the Reverend Matthew A. Laferty, Methodist representative to the Holy See and MEOR director, preached and celebrated Holy Communion at St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Rome, Italy.

PHOTO – World Day of Prayer, 5 March 2021

A strong Methodist presence at a small ecumenical World Day of Prayer service on Friday, 5 March 2021 for the people of Vanuatu held at the Anglican Centre in Rome. The service was by prepared by laywomen from Vanuatu. MEOR administrator Stefanie Gabuyo played violin for the service. MEOR director and Methodist representative to the […]
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PHOTOS – Visit to the Community of Sant’Egidio

I had a nice visit to the Sant’Egidio Community headquarters this evening. Founded in 1968 they are a Catholic lay association located in 70 countries and dedicated to prayer, peace, and service with the poor. In 1973 they were granted use of a beautiful former Carmelite monastery and adjoining church in the Trastevere neighborhood in […]
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PHOTO – Meeting with Interreligious Dialogue Council President Cardinal Ayuso

On 19 February 2021, the Reverend Matthew A. Laferty, representative of the World Methodist Council to the Holy See and director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, met H.E. Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, to discuss a number of topics related to interreligious dialogue. During their one […]
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PHOTOS – Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul and Vespers for the Conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 25 January 2021

On 25 January 2021, I represented the World Methodist Council at the Vespers for the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Unfortunately, Pope Francis had recurrent sciatica and was unable to attend. H.E. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical […]
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PHOTOS – Photos from ‘Bringing Voices Together’ prayer vigil

Photos from the ‘Bringing Voices Together’ prayer vigil. Photos by Kamla Harris.

VIDEO: ‘Bringing Voices Together’ – A Prayer Vigil for Christian Unity

The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, Centro Pro Unione, and Anglican Centre in Rome held a prayer vigil for Christian unity on Sunday, 17 January 2021 at the Chapel of St. Augustine of Canterbury in the Anglican Centre in Rome. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome and representative of the World Methodist […]
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PODCAST: Season 1 of ‘Intentionally International’

In January 2020, I started a podcast called ‘Intentionally International’ with my friend and colleague Anitra Kitts who lives in Munich. Together Anitra and I explore the gifts, challenges, and quirks of English-speaking congregations in non-English-speaking countries. In our first season which was released (mostly) in November and December 2020, we explore what it means […]
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