Ecumenism

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 28, 2006 (Zenit.org)Benedict XVI says that the promotion of Christian values is a particularly necessary area of collaboration between Orthodox and Catholics.

The Pope made that observation Monday when he received in audience a group of priests and seminarians of the Greek Orthodox Church.

The Holy Father’s guests were students of the Apostoliki Diakonia, the Theological College of the Greek Orthodox Church, who were accompanied by their director general, Bishop Agathangelos of Fanarion…. The Bishop of Rome pointed out that the steps taken over the past four decades in the dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox allow one to “perceive a new dawn, that of the day in which we will understand fully that to be rooted and founded on the charity of Christ means to find concretely a way to overcome our divisions.”

This endeavor, he added, calls for “a personal and community conversion, listening to others and prayer in common for our unity.” Click Here for Full Article

(Catholic Online) Progress in dialogue, he said, brings hope for “a new dawn, that of the day on which we will understand fully that being rooted and grounded in the love of Christ means concretely finding a way to overcome our divisions through personal and communal conversion, the exercise of listening to the other and prayer in common for our unity.”

The pope said the exchange program with the Orthodox Church of Greece, which includes a scholarship program for Orthodox priests and seminarians to study in Rome and Catholic priests and seminarians to study in Athens, is especially important for preparing future church leaders for ecumenism. Click Here for Full Article

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