Pope Tells +Bartholomew: Ecumenism Must Continue Without Hindrance From Past

December 1, 2009

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – In his message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Day of Saint Andrew, patron saint of the Patriarchate, Benedict XVI said that full communion between Orthodox and Catholics must occur without hindrance from “those who remain bound to the remembrance of historical differences, which impedes their openness to the Holy Spirit who guides the Church and is able to transform all human failings into opportunities for good.”

In conveying his “fraternal greetings,” the Pope said he appreciated the new steps taken on the “difficult yet promising [ecumenical] path”.

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