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Pope calls for end to violence and respect for humanitarian law in Sri Lanka
Benedict XVI also ends his lessons on St Paul, remembering his martyrdom. Modern exegetic work on Paul’s thought is leading to “convergence” between Catholic and Protestants on the very point that gave rise to the “great historical disagreement.”
Pope: Christian unity requires "all of our energy and efforts", but prayer above all
At the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict XVI recalls that this event has existed for one hundred years, and that for 40 years meditations and prayers for this appointment have been prepared together with the World Council of Churches. In this bimillennial Pauline year, the effort for unity takes on special significance.
Christianity “is not an easy path” but a “demanding climb,” says Pope
In discussing Saint Paul’s Christology, Benedict XVI highlights the central nature of the resurrection without which Christianity would be “absurd.” The Apostle’s respect for the tradition indicates that theologians “do not create new visions” but help understand the reality of the Resurrection.
Christians of all confessions invited to Rome for the Pauline Year
Illustrating today the Vatican's initiatives, "always strongly marked by a clear ecumenical dimension", for the bimillennial of the Apostle to the gentiles, Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo said the pope will issue a document inaugurating the celebrations. The baptistry of Saint Paul becomes an ecumenical chapel.
Nurtured by the Word of God to evangelise a world waiting for Christ, says the Pope
At the end of the Synod Benedict XVI indicates a sign of the times at the start of the 3rd millennium. The Bible must become familiar to all believers, in study and liturgy, because “so many people are in search” of God. He greets China’s bishops and remembers that they were unable to come to Rome because of a ban by the Patriotic Association. The next events in the Pope’s calendar are to take place in Cameroon and Angola.
Pope: Pauline Year begins under the banner of search for Christian unity
Benedict XVI side by side with ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, who also calls for overcoming division, and representatives of other Christian Churches and communities. Before the evocative celebration, the brazier was lit that for the entire Year will present its flame to pilgrims from all over the world.
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