Vatican City, Nov 15, 2007 / 09:11 am
A joint commission of Orthodox and Catholic theologians has agreed that the Pope has primacy over all bishops, though disagreements about the extent of his authority still continue.
The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue reached the agreement in a meeting in Ravenna, Italy last month, according to a document published Thursday.
The meeting from October 8 to October 15 was only the second since Catholic-Orthodox dialogue resumed in 2006 after a six-year break.
Pope Benedict has said that uniting all Christians and healing the split is a "fundamental" priority of his pontificate.