Show menu

News & Opinion

2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1996
1967
1966


• Message of Pope Francis in memory of the 21 Coptic martyrs (16 Feb 2021)

• +Bill Fey, OFM Cap., 1942-2021 (25 Jan 2021)

• Archbishop Justin’s speech to mark Coptic Orthodox Contemporary Martyrs Day (15 Jan 2021)

• Dates for the Lambeth Conference announced (20 Oct 2020)

• Archbishop Justin’s commentary on ‘Fratelli tutti’ (12 Oct 2020)

2021 ~ Anglican-Roman Catholic news & opinion

Message of Pope Francis in memory of the 21 Coptic martyrs
16 February 2021 • Persistent link: iarccum.org/?p=3802
Icon of the 21 Coptic Martyrs executed by ISIS at Sebaste, Libya in 2015

On Monday 15 February Pope Francis sent a video message (scroll down) for the “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” organized by the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London on the occasion of the commemoration of the 21 Coptic martyrs executed on 15 February 2015.

The initiative gathered in a webinar His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and His Eminence Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, as well as other participants.

The “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” is a commemorative event of thanksgiving for the lives of those who faithfully practised their Christian faith till the shedding of their blood, offering at the same time the opportunity to raise awareness of the ongoing tragedy of those who are still today persecuted solely on the basis of faith or belief.

+Bill Fey, OFM Cap., 1942-2021
25 January 2021 • Persistent link: iarccum.org/?p=3817
Most Rev. William Regis Fey, OFM Cap (1942-2021), Bishop of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

Bishop William Regis Fey, O.F.M. Cap., recently retired as the second bishop of the Diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, died late Tuesday night, January 19th, from Covid-related illness.

Bishop Fey was born in Pittsburgh on November 6, 1942, to Regis Fey and Dorothy (Clair) Fey, attending Middlesex Township Elementary School in Pittsburgh and St. Paul Grade School in Butler before enrolling at Saint Fidelis Seminary, Herman, for his high school and college education.

Archbishop Justin’s speech to mark Coptic Orthodox Contemporary Martyrs Day
15 January 2021 • Persistent link: iarccum.org/?p=3815
Icon of the 21 Coptic Martyrs executed by ISIS at Sebaste, Libya in 2015

In November 2015, at the opening service of the General Synod of the Church of England, we had the privilege of Father Raniero Cantalamessa, now a Cardinal, preaching at the main service in Westminster Abbey in front of the Queen and the General Synod. Memorably he described persecutors as the great ecumenists, for he said they do not ask when they kill us, are you Orthodox or Catholic or Anglican or Protestant or Pentecostal? They ask only are you Christian?

And the reality of the ecumenism of blood is felt on this day as we commemorate the modern martyrs. It reminds us, and I’m reminded too by a fellow bishop in the Church of England who is themselves from a family where there is a modern martyr, that ecumenism and solidarity are with the persecuted, for we are united to them by their blood. It is not just something we feel for the persecuted nor that we stand to the towards the persecuted. ‘With’ is the key word and if we are going to be with them, whether it is the 21 martyrs in Libya (and I still remember the horror of that news) or whether it is in Nigeria or so many other parts of the world, we are there to listen as well as to speak; more to listen; to be in solidarity with them.