ecu·​me·​nism | \ e-ˈkyü-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce ecumenism (audio) , i- also ˈe-kyə- or ˌe-kyə-ˈme- \

Definition of ecumenism

: ecumenical principles and practices especially as shown among religious groups (such as Christian denominations)

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ecumenist \ e-​ˈkyü-​mə-​nist How to pronounce ecumenism (audio) , i-​ also  ˈe-​kyə-​mə-​nist or  ˌe-​kyə-​ˈme-​nist \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web His ecumenism brought a relief even to the celebrities whose looks were setting the trends. Ron Kampeas,, "Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz’s clients included Beyonce, Natalie Portman and Michelle Obama," 28 Apr. 2021 Along with several hundred other ecumenical groups, People of Praise celebrated the 50th anniversary of ecumenism's revival in the Catholic Church in Rome. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Four myths about the People of Praise, explained," 30 Sep. 2020 Given all the troubles faced by Christian communities striving to preserve their religious heritage in the Middle East, the cradle of the Church, be grateful for the government’s somewhat mercenary but frank and genuine ecumenism and goodwill. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 Aug. 2020 This exhortation is awash in the pluralistic ecumenism that has dominated post-conciliar thinking. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Is Pope Francis Really a ‘Man of Tradition’?," 25 Feb. 2020 Progressive approaches to Catholic teaching that most German bishops have long advocated—on ecumenism, moral teaching and decentralized church governance—now enjoy the support of Pope Francis. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Germany’s Liberal Bishops Gain Influence Under Pope Francis," 4 May 2018 Last month, the German bishops’ leaders traveled to Rome to discuss the question with Archbishop Ladaria and other officials of the Vatican’s offices for doctrine, ecumenism and church law. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Blocks German Plan to Expand Communion," 4 June 2018 On Thursday, top German bishops—including Cardinals Marx and Woelki—were in Rome to make their cases to the Vatican’s offices for doctrine, ecumenism and church law. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Germany’s Liberal Bishops Gain Influence Under Pope Francis," 4 May 2018 Efforts to create Christian unity, or ecumenism, often carry this note of historical sadness. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "Why Can’t Christians Get Along, 500 Years After the Reformation?," 29 Oct. 2017

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Ecumenism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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