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    » 10/18/2008, 00.00


    Together with pope, ecumenical patriarch addresses synod for first time ever

    Bartholomew calls it "historic." The remarks of both demonstrate effort toward unity: "if we have the same fathers, how can we not be brothers?"

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew is calling it "an historic event," after being the first to speak to the bishops of the Catholic Church gathered for a synod. For his part, Benedict XVI said, "Your fathers are also our fathers, and ours are yours: if we have the same fathers, how can we not be brothers?" Behind the two of them, who were seated on chairs of equal size, the depiction of the last judgment in the Sistine Chapel.

    It was in the most famous of the chapels in the apostolic palace, in fact, that this afternoon the first vespers for the 29th Sunday of ordinary time were celebrated, "on the occasion of the participation of ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I in the work of the 12th assembly of the synod of bishops." "At this moment, we have truly experienced the synod," the pope commented, speaking spontaneously at the end of the extensive address by the patriarch. "Hearing the word of God," he added, "also opens one's eyes to the realities of today," and the "fathers" of the synod "will continue their work illuminated by the words" of Bartholomew.

    The patriarch of Constantinople, after speaking of the "historic event" because of his very presence at the synod, expressed his hope of arriving one day at "full unity" between Orthodox and Catholics, overcoming the current differences and agreeing "fully over the role of primacy and collegiality in the life of the Church." Bartholomew also indicated some concrete objectives: "as disciples of God," he added, "it is more imperative than ever to present a single perspective, beyond social, political, and economic views, on the need to uproot poverty, promote equilibrium in the globalized world, combat fundamentalism and racism, and develop religious tolerance in a world of conflict."

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    07/03/2008 VATICAN
    Bartholomew invited by the pope to participate in the synod of bishops
    In the "spirit of Ravenna", the ecumenical patriarch will take part in the meeting of the world's Catholic bishops, scheduled to take place in October on the theme "The word of God in the life and mission of the Church".

    19/10/2008 VATICAN - ORTHODOXY
    Bartholomew: speaking at the synod, "a unique event of extraordinary importance"
    The satisfaction of the ecumenical patriarch, who yesterday reiterated the importance of the conclusions of the meeting in Ravenna between Catholics and Orthodox, at which it was affirmed that the interdependence of primacy and collegiality characterizes all levels of the Church's life, local, regional, and universal.

    24/06/2008 TURKEY
    Moscow patriarchate abandons work for preparation of pan-Orthodox synod
    Withdrawal motivated by the presence of the Estonian Church. Strong ecumenical characterisation around the awarding of the Klauss Hemerle prize to Bartholomew, around whom calls for a Nobel nomination are intensifying.

    07/10/2008 VATICAN
    Synod: speech by chief rabbi of Haifa still raising discussion
    Israeli newspapers highlight his presence in front of the bishops of the whole world, and emphasize his words about Ahmadinejad and Pius XII. The fathers today expressed their appreciation for his remarks about the role of the Scriptures in the life of the Jewish people.

    25/10/2008 VATICAN
    Final message of synod on the Word of God
    The assembly of bishops concludes its work, presenting the final message. "Our faith is not only centered on a book, but on a history of salvation and a person, Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh." The text unfolds in four sections: from God's relationship with man as creator to the invitation of Jesus to the Church: "Go and make disciples of all nations."

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