» 05/10/2013, 00.00
VATICAN - EGYPT
Pope: an "ecumenism of suffering" shared by Coptic Orthodox and Catholics in Egypt
Francis meets Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, welcoming the establishment of the National Council of Christian Churches "it is an important symbol of the will of all believers in Christ in everyday life to develop more and more fraternal relations and to place themselves in service of the entire Egyptian society of which they are an integral part. "
Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- It can be said that
there is an "ecumenism of
suffering" because "the sharing of daily suffering can become effective instrument of unity" among Christians and, in
a way, "also in the broader
context of society and the
relationship between Christians and non-Christians
from the common suffering, can in fact grow, with
the help of God, forgiveness and reconciliation". There is a clear reference to the situation of Christians in
Egypt in Pope Francis'
greeting this morning to Tawadros
II, Pope of
Alexandria and Patriarch of the
See of St. Mark, head of the Coptic
Orthodox Church of Egypt, who was received in audience.
In his speech Pope Francis highlighted how relations with the Egyptian Coptic
Orthodox Catholics have grown and improved emphasizing
the importance of creating a National
Council of Christian Churches in Egypt . "The institution of
a "National Council of Christian Churches", which you strongly desired,
represents an important sign of the will of all believers in Christ to develop
relations in daily life that are increasingly fraternal and to put themselves
at the service of the whole of Egyptian society, of which they form an integral
part. Let me assure you that your efforts to build communion among believers in
Christ, and your lively interest in the future of your country and the role of
the Christian communities within Egyptian society find a deep echo in the heart
of the Successor of Peter and of the entire Catholic community".
"Today's visit - he said - strengthens the bonds of friendship and
brotherhood that already exist between the See of Peter and the See of Mark,
heir to an inestimable heritage of martyrs, theologians, holy monks and
faithful disciples of Christ, who have borne witness to the Gospel from generation
to generation, often in situations of great adversity".
years ago the Common Declaration of our predecessors represented a milestone on
the ecumenical journey, and from it emerged a Commission for Theological
Dialogue between our Churches, which has yielded good results and has prepared
the ground for a broader dialogue between the Catholic Church and the entire
family of Oriental Orthodox Churches, a dialogue that continues to bear fruit
to this day. In that solemn Declaration, our Churches acknowledged that, in
line with the apostolic traditions, they profess "one faith in the One Triune
God" and "the divinity of the Only-begotten Son of God ... perfect God with
respect to his divinity, perfect man with respect to his humanity". They
acknowledged that divine life is given to us and nourished through the seven
sacraments and they recognized a mutual bond in their common devotion to the
Mother of God".
are glad to be able to confirm today what our illustrious predecessors solemnly
declared, we are glad to recognize that we are united by one Baptism, of which
our common prayer is a special expression, and we long for the day when, in
fulfilment of the Lord's desire, we will be able to communicate from the one
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