For a reconciliation between Catholics and Orthodox

Source: FSSPX News


On November 30, a Vatican delegation led by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Unity of Christians, went to Istanbul to meet the Patriarch of Constantinople, on the feast of Saint Andrew. Benedict XVI, invited by Bartholomew I, was unable to go without an official invitation from the Turkish government at that date. The pope therefore addressed a letter to Bartholomew I dated November 26, which was given to the patriarch by the cardinal.

 Benedict XVI recalled in his letter, the 40th anniversary of the lifting of reciprocal excommunications of 1054, by Paul VI and the patriarch Athenagoras, on December 7, 1965. With the help of this “new season in the life of the Church”, the pope expressed his regret at being unable to “show (his) affection personally, by praying together.” ”However,” Benedict XVI continued, “I send the expression of my lively hope for an ever deeper communion, which exceeds the obstacles which remain between us and prevent us from celebrating together” the Mass, adding that “the Church is irrevocably committed to promoting the initiatives most adapted and useful in order to reinforce charity, solidarity and theological dialogue” with the patriarchate of Constantinople.