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Ecumenism - Ecumenical Movement
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Part of Ecumenism:

1. Ecumenical Movement

2. Movements for Church Union

3. Catholic Ecumenism

4. Ecumenical Theology

5. Christian-Jewish Dialogue

6. Christian Denominations

The term “ecumenical” comes from the Greek οικουμένη which means the inhabited earth (cf. Acts 17:7; Mt 24:14; Heb 2:5). In traditional Catholic usage it refers to a general Council of the whole Church. But its chief use today is to designate efforts on behalf of the unity of Christians. The “movement” in question means here the whole development o…

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August B. Hasler, “Ecumenism - Ecumenical Movement”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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