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Pope Benedict revives ecumenical dialogue with Orthodox world, Vatican-watcher finds

January 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has successfully begun a discussion with the Orthodox churches that Pope John Paul II sought but could not bring about, writes Sando Magister of L’Espresso. The German Pope has persuaded Orthodox leaders to engage in genuine dialogue about the role of the Petrine ministry in the universal Church. Already those theological talks have produced an agreement that the See of Rome enjoys primacy—although the exact nature of that primacy remains a subject of debate.


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  • Posted by: filioque - Jan. 25, 2010 11:44 PM ET USA

    This is another step that will have consequences for years to come. Together with Summorum Pontificum and Anglicanorum Coetibus, Pope Benedict is laying the foundation stones for a reunited Christian ecclesia with the full richness of the Liturgy restored. He is encouraging and gathering in all who are serious about Christian Faith because he knows that we are all needed to fight the enemies of Life and Love.