Vatican: Victory Church, Universalist Church merge
The Vatican said Friday it will merge two of the world’s oldest universalist churches.
The Vatican’s website says the Vatican will recognize the Universalist church and the Roman Catholic Church as the official church of the Philippines.
It says the merger will be effective May 1.
In a statement, the Vatican said the two churches “will have the same title as in their founding years, namely the Roman Church.”
The announcement comes as the two faiths are closely aligned in their approach to church history, doctrine and social justice, the statement said.
The two churches, which have been recognized as Christian and Jesuit by the Vatican, also both emphasize the importance of the Holy Spirit and the sanctity of human life.
The Universalist churches believe God created the human race.
The Roman Catholic church maintains that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire human race and that the Catholic Church is the only true church.
According to the Vatican statement, both churches will continue to emphasize the sacraments and the universal values of the Church and will continue their work for reconciliation of all religions, as they have done for many centuries.