Achbp Bartholomew On Ecumenism

Our blessed predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, had this desire for the unity of all, and their symbolic embrace in the Holy Places, forty years ago, turned over a new page in the history of Christianity. What has happened in the last forty-fifty years in the field of ecumenic dialogue, of approach and collaboration among the Churches, had its origins in Jerusalem in January 1964. The recently dead Pope John Paul II, as also his direct predecessor [of Paul VI] John XXIII, continued in the same direction, and it was equally followed by my blessed direct predecessor Dimitrios, and I also follow it with my poor efforts, since I firmly believe in the need for peace, for unity, for collaboration and the shared witness of all Christians in the contemporary world.

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