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Bartholomew I: Orthodox summit for "the unity of the Church"
Following the example of the apostle Paul, the ecumenical patriarch launches an appeal "to unity" to resolve today's challenges. For the first time, leaders and representatives of the entire Orthodox world are meeting together.
Bartholomew I: may Kirill's election foster common journey of Orthodox Churches
The Ecumenical Patriarchate now expects an acceleration in the common journey toward the long-awaited grand pan-Orthodox synod.
The unity and charity of Christ can only be beneficial, says Bartholomew
On his name-day, the ecumenical patriarch remembers one of his predecessors, Gregory V, who was hanged by the Turks for demanding religious freedom.
Pope and Patriarch: onwards towards full unity
The feast of St Andrew was the occasion for Bartholomew and Benedict XVI to reaffirm that there is no going back on the ecumenical journey. According to a member of the Mixed Commission, Moscow’s decision to leave Ravenna was not shared by all Russians and has its origins in the battle for succession.
Divided in Ravenna, Russian and Estonian Orthodox to talk
Bartholomew I is promoting a meeting between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church of Estonia. Last October the Russians quit the Ravenna meeting because of the presence of Estonian representatives. In concluding the prayer for Christian unity, the ecumenical patriarch expressed his desire to see the process of unification speed up, stressing how ‘historical’ was the joint declaration made by Catholics and Orthodox in Ravenna. He also talks about spreading the Gospel in Hong Kong.
Kyrill in Constantinople, a turning point important also for the dialogue with Rome
The new Patriarch of Moscow and the Ecumenical Patriarch agree that the pan-Orthodox meeting in October consolidated the path towards Orthodox unity. Only a united Church can meet the challenges of today’s world.
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