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01/28/2011 VATICAN

Pope: Christians must all work together for the sake of justice and peace

"We must trust" in ecumenical dialogue, says Benedict XVI meeting with the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. The stages of the journey from the perspective of full unity. The "trials" that Christians in the Middle East face.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In areas where Eastern Christians live, that is, especially in the Middle East, "individuals and communities must face trials and difficulties" and this causes "deep concern" for Catholics and Orthodox. "All Christians need to work together in mutual acceptance and trust in order to serve the cause of peace and justice." This was just one of Benedict XVI’s reflections during the encounter which took place this morning, with the participants at the meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Benedict XVI reflected on the stages of the Commission's work. "The first phase of the dialogue, from 2003 to 2009, resulted in the common text entitled Nature, Constitution and Mission of the Church. The document outlined aspects of fundamental ecclesiological principles that we share and identified issues requiring deeper reflection in successive phases of the dialogue. We can only be grateful that after almost fifteen hundred years of separation we still find agreement about the sacramental nature of the Church, about apostolic succession in priestly service and about the impelling need to bear witness to the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the world".

"In the second phase the Commission has reflected from an historical perspective on the ways in which the Churches expressed their communion down the ages. During the meeting this week you are deepening your study of the communion and communication that existed between the Churches until the mid-fifth century of Christian history, as well as the role played by monasticism in the life of the early Church".

It is a dialogue, in the words of the Pope, in which "we must have confidence" and that "will lead our Churches not only to understand each other more deeply, but resolutely to continue our journey decisively towards the full communion to which we are called by the will of Christ. "




See also

19/10/2009 VATICAN - ORTHODOX
Metropolitan Zizoulas: Defend ecumenical dialogue against those who oppose it
The second meeting for dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox, taking place in Cyprus, sees strong protest and progress at a standstill for fear of "subjugating the Orthodox to the Pope in Rome." Even among Catholics there is dogmatic resistance. A call to all from Johannes Zizoulas, Metropolitan of Pergamon, tenacious advocate of the value of dialogue.

11/10/2017 11:03:00 VATICAN - ASIA
Two centenaries for the Eastern Churches

Tomorrow Pope Francis goes to the Pontifical Oriental Institute together with patriarchs and metropolitans of the Eastern Catholic Churches to celebrate the centenary. The occasion is also the centenary of the birth of the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches. The richness of oriental traditions, their experience of coexistence (and persecution) with other religions, their life alongside Latin traditions.



27/01/2017 13:35:00 VATICAN
Pope: the martyrs "of all ecclesial traditions" call Christians to full unity

Receiving members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, among other things Francis says that extremism and fundamentalism are fertile ground in situations where there is "poverty, inequality, and social exclusion", and "vested interests, which are often external".

 



29/10/2007 VATICAN – ORTHODOX
From Ravenna “a solid base” for dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox
Father Dimitri Salachas, professor of Canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Catholic member of the Commission explains to AsiaNews the points of agreement and those of disaccord. The question of the Patriarchate of Moscow’s absence.

30/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope feels "dismay and deep sadness at what is happening in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria"
In a meeting with the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, Francis prays "for a negotiated solution" to this "immense tragedy".


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