Catholic, Orthodox should join to counter secularism, Pope tells ecumenical meeting
September 02, 2011
In a message to an ecumenical assembly in Greece, Pope Benedict XVI has said that all Christians should work together to counteract “a secularization capable of impoverishing the most profound aspects of man.”
The Pope remarks that the world today shows two contradictory impulses: a widespread disinterest in matters of faith, oddly combined with “a profound nostalgia for God.” Catholic and Orthodox believers should be united in their efforts to meet the challenges posed by those attitudes, he said.
The Pope’s message to the 12th Inter-Christian Symposium, meeting this week in Thessaloniki, Greece, was conveyed by Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Councll for Christian Unity. Noting that Thessaloniki is “indissolubly associated with the preaching of the Apostle of the Gentiles,” the Pope said that Christians today should imitate St. Paul in his determination to bring the Gospel to unbelievers.