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ESTONIA WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016 World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 in Krakow was an important and significant international event for the young people of the local Church in Estonia. Shortly before WYD, the groups of young people who meet weekly met in different parishes in Estonia to prepare for this extraordinary event of July 2016. After WYD in Krakow, the activities of the groups of young Catholics in Estonia began, with a view to getting to know about, deepening and / or returning to the Catholic faith. Since there are few Catholics in Estonia, our young people were divided into three small groups, bringing a total of about 70 people, along with three priests, to Poland for WYD 2016. CANONISATION OF MOTHER TERESA Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who gave her life to the service of the poor, was declared a Saint at a Canonisation Mass presided over by Pope Francis in the Vatican in September 2016. The Catholic Church in Estonia demonstrated its gratitude for this event by celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving on 6 September, inaugurating an exhibition dedicated to the life of Saint Mother Teresa, with thanks to the Sisters the Missionaries of Charity who have already been working in Tallinn for 25 years. THE YEAR OF MERCY The Doors of Mercy in the parishes of SS Peter and Paul in Tallinn and of the Immaculate Conception in Tartu were closed on 20 November, but Pope Francis said that the “real door of mercy, which is the heart of Christ, always remains open for us”, and Estonia, following the Pope’s words, after the end of the Church’s Jubilee Year is continuing various activities devoted to God’s mercy. During the Year of Mercy in 2016, Catholics undertook different pilgrimages in Estonia and to Rome; they listened to conferences; and participated in group and prayer metings and other signficiant events which took place in the local Catholic parishes in Estonia. ECUMENISM. 500 YEARS SINCE THE REFORMATION On 9 October an ecumenical prayer service in the church of St Olav opened the ceremonies

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marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Estonia. During this anniversary year, a major event took place in April: the Ecumenical Via Crucis in Estonia. On 27 September 2017, the Catholic Church and the Estonian Lutheran Evangelical Church organised a joint conference, entitled: “From conflict to communion”. The Via Crucis, an ecumenical devotion of the passion of Our Lord, took place last Good Friday in the Old City of Tallinn. The first three Stations with a meditation took place in the Lutheran Church of St John, then the Via Crucis moved on to the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul on Vene Street and subsequently to the Baptist Church of St Olav, and to the last Station at Toompea, in the Lutheran Dome Church. This commemoration of Jesus’ last days saw the participation of a few hundred people, especially families, individual adults, but also students, who joined in this beautiful prayer initiative in Tallinn. MEETING AT LUND. FROM CONFLICT TO COMMUNION - TOGETHER IN HOPE A joint commemoration organised by the Lutheran World Federation and by the Catholic Church took place in Lund and in Malmö, in Sweden, on 31 October 2016, with the theme: “From conflict to communion – Together in hope”. An Estonian delegation, the Catholic Bishop Philippe Jourdan and the Archbishop of the Estonian Lutheran Evangelical Church, Urmas Viilma, particpated in this historic event in Sweden. Since the central focus of the anniversary of the Reformation is the truth of the Gospel and of the Triune God, we can hope that the Churches and Christians may be led to draw closer to each other, be inspired to participate in joint witness and service, and that the Gospel may always be more listened to and experienced among the Estonian people. CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY OF THE MARIAN APPARITIONS AT FATIMA The day of the anniversary, Saturday 13 May, the medieval historic centre of Tallinn came to life with a procession carrying the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Estonia is a secularised society, and public manifestations of traditional Catholic devotion are not often seen. In Tallinn, there is a small procession for the feast of

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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