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3rd Week of Advent

 

Welcome to the Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter :  A place to listen, learn, reflect, respect. A setting for study and growth in mutual understanding between Christians and Jews, between other faiths and culture 

Located in the heart of London, the Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter is run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion and offers courses and lectures, as well as times for reflection and prayer. There is the opportunity to read and do research in our specialist library.  We are also pleased to welcome outside groups who can use our facilities for their own seminars, training and meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow sign a joint declaration during a meeting at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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HAVANA, CUBA

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis have issued a deep and thorough call for reconciliation and unity amongst their two traditions, saying that the seemingly desperate state of the world requires their communities to be signs of the possibility of harmony.In a joint statement issued after their historic first encounter on this island nation Friday, the two leaders cry out: “We are not competitors but brothers, and this concept must guide all our mutual actions as well as those directed to the outside world.””We urge Catholics and Orthodox in all countries to learn to live together in peace and love, and to be ‘in harmony with one another,'” they continue.Later, the pope and patriarch state bluntly that the world is in need of their combined testimony to the way of the Gospel.”This world, in which the spiritual pillars of human existence are progressively disappearing, awaits from us a compelling Christian witness in all spheres of personal and social life,” state the leaders. “Much of the future of humanity will depend on our capacity to give shared witness to the Spirit of truth in these difficult times.”