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The famous Old Catholic bishop and friend of the Serbian people Hans Gerny passed away

Retired Bishop of the Old Catholic Church in Switzerland, Dr. Hans Gerny, passed away on January 19, 2020, at the age of 84.

The Old Catholic Church mourns its very deserving and dedicated pastor, who even after his retirement took an active part in church and public life. Bishop Hans Gerny studied theology in Bern, Oxford and Paris. Before he became a bishop, he was a parish priest in several parishes and took part in various affairs of his Church. As the secretary of the International Bishops' Conference of the Old Catholic Church, he was especially committed in the field of inter-Christian church dialogue. In that sense, his striving for a closer relationship with the Orthodox Church was especially emphasized.

Christians invited to join virtually in prayer for 54th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Francis and other religious leaders during an Ecumenical Prayer for Peace event in BariThe 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated from 18 to 25 January. During this period, Christians are invited to pray for reconciliation and unity within the Church.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed annually from 18 – 25 January. However, in the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches find another time during the year to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost which is also a symbolic time for the unity of the Church.

Pope Francis and the Pope emeritus receive Covid-19 vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVIPope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Vatican.

The vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in the Vatican which began on Wednesday continues with both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receiving their first doses of the vaccine.

Pope at Christmas Mass: Jesus comes as a child to make us children of God

Millions of people around the world join Pope Francis virtually for the Christmas “Mass during the Night,” celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica on Thursday. With Italy under a new lockdown for the holidays, Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Mass “during the Night” in a near empty Saint Peter’s Basilica on Thursday evening. Millions of people were able to follow the ceremony through radio, television and the various means of social communications.

Pakistan’s Christians and other faiths hold Christmas event

Cardinal Joseph Coutts of Karachi invited members of Christian Churches and other faiths at an event at St. Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate harmony, peace and solidarity in the spirit of Christmas.