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Posted by on Feb 19, 2007 in Religion, Society | 8 comments

Can Religions of the World Unite for World Peace?

Will the Protestant and the Catholic churches be able to heal their centuries old rift and unite under the Papal authority in Rome? Difficult to say but some interesting developments are taking place in that direction.

Writes Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent of The Times: “Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year. The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches.

“In a 42-page statement prepared by an international commission of both churches, Anglicans and Roman Catholics are urged to explore how they might reunite under the Pope. The statement, leaked to The Times, is being considered by the Vatican, where Catholic bishops are preparing a formal response…

“There are about 78 million Anglicans, compared with a billion Roman Catholics, worldwide. In England and Wales, the Catholic Church is set to overtake Anglicanism as the predominant Christian denomination for the first time since the Reformation, thanks to immigration from Catholic countries.”

This is fine. But the humanity needs to take another vital step. In our lifetime will we ever be able to hear the resounding clarion call: “Religions of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but terrorism”?