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Monday, December 4, 2006

Pope's Journey Pays Off - Orthodox Moving Toward Unity With Rome

Greek Orthodox leader to make first official visit to Pope

Vatican City, Dec. 04, 2006 (CNA) - The Vatican announced what could be a major breakthrough in ecumenical relations between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches. In a communiqué this morning the Holy See Press Office announced that, “His Beatitude Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, is to visit the Holy Father and the Church of Rome from December 13 to 16.”...

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Bartholomew I: Pope’s visit will have “incalculable value” for “reconciliation process”

Istanbul, Dec. 04, 2006 (CNA) - The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, said last week he is “convinced” that Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey, in addition to being “historic,” also had “incalculable value” for the “reconciliation process” in the millennium-long split between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church....

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Pope, Patriarch to join theological talks?

Constantinople, Dec. 4, 2006 (CWNews.com) - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has disclosed that he made an important, concrete proposal for Orthodox-Catholic cooperation during his November 30 meeting with Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news).

Speaking to the Italian daily Avvenire after the conclusion of the Pope’s trip to Turkey, the Orthodox leader said that he could not disclose the nature of the suggestion he had made, but reported that the Pope seemed quite interested. He said that he is now “waiting for an official response.”

The AsiaNews service, citing sources in the Constantinople patriarchate, reports that the Patriarch suggested that he and the Pontiff should personally take part in the next meeting of a joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission, to take place next year in Ravenna, Italy. The AsiaNews report suggested that Pope Benedict is inclined to accept the suggestion....

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Cardinal to meet with Patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church

Moscow, Nov. 28, 2005 (CNA) - Cardinal Renato Martino is scheduled to meet Tuesday with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The prefect of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace left for Russia Saturday.

The meeting with Patriarch Alexy II and Metropolitan Kyrill, who heads the Russian church's foreign relations department, is another attempt by the Vatican to improve relations with Russian Orthodox Christians, reports the Associated Press.

Pope Benedict XVI has pledged to make reconciliation with the Orthodox Church a "fundamental" commitment of papacy....

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