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Denmark: “heavenly days” in Copenhagen. Ecumenical meetings between faith and culture

The “himmelske dage”, heavenly or divine days, “a feast for all curious souls”, have arrived in Copenhagen. From today to 8th May, the Danish capital will be the venue of a “feast for all those who are interested in Churches, culture and society”. It is Denmark’s greatest ecumenical event, which has been held every 3 years since 1968 on Ascension Days: the opening at 2.00 pm today with ecumenical celebrations in three churches in the capital and then until Sunday there will be debates, workshops, cultural events, concerts, lectures held by the over 300 churches and associations that have put the calendar together. “We did not manage to take Pope Francis up here but we managed to involve the papal preacher, father Rainero Cantalamessa”, the Catholic organisers explain: tomorrow, Cantalamessa will speak of “I desire mercy not sacrifice”, while on Saturday 7th May he will be at a workshop with the Lutheran bishop Peter Skov-Jakobsen about “How can the common challenges of our society and the world around us become a new meeting place for religions?”. The initiatives promoted by the Catholic Church include Gregorian Vespers, a concert of the Hildegard Ensemble, an event in support of drug addicts and their families, and a night of prayer for persecuted Christians.

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