Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 08:23 am
Pope Francis spoke with Patriarchs of various Oriental Churches during a four day gathering in Rome, stating that it is their task to help foster unity in the Church, and to remember the persecuted.
"You are watchful guardians of communion and servants of ecclesial unity," said the Pope, quoting his predecessor during a Nov. 21 morning meeting with the church leaders.
The Holy Father's comments came as the second address to the Patriarchs and Major Archbishops of Eastern Churches, who are gathered in Rome Nov. 19-21 for the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.
Headed by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the assembly is reflecting on the theme of the magisterium of Vatican Council II with regard to the Christian East.