Loading
In message to Orthodox, Pope express hope of reconciliation

.- In a message sent to the Orthodox leaders of Constantinople on the Feast of St. Andrew, Pope John Paul II expressed his hope that Jesus will restore the unity between Catholics and Orthodox.

As is customary, a delegation from the Holy See, led by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, traveled to Istanbul (Turkey) for the liturgical celebrations of the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Orthodox patriarchate, which is commemorated both in the East and West. 

Every year the patriarchate sends a delegation to Rome on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

On Sunday morning, the Vatican delegation attended a solemn liturgy presided by His Holiness Bartholomew I in the Church of St. George in Fanar.  At the end of the ceremony, Cardinal Kasper delivered a special message to the ecumenical patriarch from John Paul II. 

In his message, written in French, John Paul II says that during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of his pontificate on October 16, he was thinking about “the many events that have contributed to my commitment so that the one Church of Christ may breath more deeply with its two lungs.”

The Holy Father recalls that his predecessor Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Atenagoras “began the dialogue of charity which led to the dialogue of truth.”  Over the years, he continues, “our relations have demonstrated the spirit of family that unites us and that, despite difficulties, allows us to progress toward the goal that Christ gave us and that our predecessors committed themselves vigorously to reach.”

 “We can say,” he continues, “that we live under the sign of the Cross and in hope for peace.  We are full of hope that the Lord will carry out the work of re-establishing the unity that He inspired.” 

“For its part,” the Pope adds, “the Church of Rome will maintain the irreversible decision of Vatican Council II, which embraced this cause and duty.  We are certain that the Lord will give us one day, when He wants, the joy of being in full communion and in the visible unity that He wants for His holy Church.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
21

Liturgical Calendar

August 21, 2014

Saint Pius X, Pope

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Gospel
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 36: 23-28
Gospel:: Mt 22: 1-14

Saint of the Day

Pope St. Pius X »

Saint
Date
08/19/14
08/17/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Homily
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: