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RUSSIA – VATICAN
Aleksej II would meet the Pope but there are “no concrete steps” yet, says bishop Mark
The Russian Orthodox leader says Benedict XVI and the Patriarch of Moscow can speak “as one voice” about shared challenges but they still remain far apart. Uniate Church and the Petrine primacy are major obstacles. “The primacy of the bishop of Rome is not on the agenda of any Orthodox Church.”
Pope: missionary activity "intrinsic" to the life of the priest
Benedict XVI has proclaimed a Year for Priests, which will begin next June 19. During the year, he will proclaim St. John M. Vianney "Patron of all priests of the world." A "Directory for Confessors and Spiritual Directors" will be published, as well as a collection of texts by Benedict XVI on the essential themes of priestly life and mission in the present era.
Pope: priests must seek to be “totally uniform” with their ministry
Benedict XVI’s Letter for the Year for Priests that begins tomorrow. The example of the Curè d’Ars, a model of the priestly mission. At times the Church suffers for the “unfaithfulness” of some of her ministers, but still today there are those who become martyrs. The fundamental witness of life. Do not resign yourselves to empty confessionals.
Year for Priests: from 9 to 11 June an international meeting of priests in Rome
The arrival of 5 thousand priests from around the world is expected, especially from Europe. The three-day meeting will conclude with a vigil with the pope and Mass celebrated by Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square.
Pope: Christian-Jewish dialogue “fruitful”, now it is time to accept and respect differences
In receiving members of the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations, Benedict XVI highlights the need for Christians and Jews to expand their understanding of what they have in common.
May the awareness that everyone is a missionary grow, says Pope
On Fidei donum’s 50th anniversary, Benedict XVI says that despite the difficulties of our times there are “signs of hope” such as the missionary vitality of the Christian people. We must pray for and hold on to the “certainty” that the Lord will not deprive us of priests. The Vatican Secretary of State writes a letter to the prefect for the evangelisation of peoples.
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