Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic, Orthodox should join to counter secularism, Pope tells ecumenical meeting

Catholic World News - 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.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our October expenses ($33,317 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,683.25
95% 5%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

On Bishops and Jesuits, Saints and Angels 20 hours ago
Bishop Finn in Kansas City: Not quite up to date? 21 hours ago
Oh, that sort of misconduct [UPDATED] September 29
Don’t worry about terrorism; worry about workplace violence? September 29
Doing Great Things for Christ September 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30