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 July expenses ($18,661 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,339.29
53% 47%
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
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Self-Esteem: Beyond Pop Psychology 5 hours ago
Government Crackdowns on God and Nature 20 hours ago
A legislative mockery: Massachusetts lawmakers rush to replace unconstitutional 'buffer zone' bill 20 hours ago
Gay and Transgendered: What Comes Next? 21 hours ago
Obama's executive order and the danger of reliance on federal contracts 22 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Vatican issues working document for Synod of Bishops on the family CWN - June 26
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21