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Cardinal Sandri: Saints Cyril and Methodius offer ‘dynamic vision of catholicity’

Catholic World News - February 27, 2013

The prefect for the Congregation for the Eastern Churches has paid tribute to Saints Cyril and Methodius, the apostles of the Slavs.

The saints were “authentic precursors of ecumenism, for they labored in service of unity and of the multiform fullness of the Church, as they made incarnate the spirit of the originally undivided Church,” said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who is often mentioned as papabile in news reports.

“The great intuition of Cyril and Methodius aided the Slavic peoples, whom they had evangelized, to praise God in their own tongue and in respect for their proper cultural characteristics, at the same time insisting on the unity between all Christians, of the East and of the West, in the sole and universal Church of Christ,” he said in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano.

“Their invitation remains today, for a dynamic vision of catholicity as the symphony of the diverse liturgies in all the languages of the world, as a harmonious chorus of different voices and pitches,” he added. “The profoundly human and universal spirit of their mission is open to a revival, a spirit fruitful for more profound examination.”

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