FRUITS OF BARTHOLOMEW VISIT TO ROME


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*This blurb from a longer article covers the new church for Orthodox worship in Rome, Turkey in the EU and an invite for the Pope to visit…they covered a lot of ground-- the full article contains much more on “unity”. :gopray:

On the morning of 1 July the re-established tie between the Churches of the First and Second Rome on their way to full communion was shown in stable and concrete form in the handing-over of the church on the Palatine dedicated to the martyr Teodoro Tirone.

Bartholomew expressed his thanks to the Pope and his collaborators, speaking of the concession for use of the «ancient temple» also in the prospect of the «agreement on important points pleasing to God, agreement that will bring about the desired sacramental union».

Appointment in Istanbul (via Ankara)?
Bartholomew kept his surprise to himself till his last hours in Rome…he confided to a group of journalists that he had taken advantage of the occasion to invite the Pope to Istanbul for the feastday of Saint Andrew next 30 November. «And since», he added, «the Pope is a head of State, he will first go to Ankara, the capital, and then will come to us

. Bartholomew also mentioned the possibility that on the still hypothetical trip to Phanar, the Pope may bring back to the Golden Horn the precious relics of the patriarchs Saints John Chrysostom and Gregory Nazianzen which disappeared from Constantinople in the sack of 1204. «According to our research», Bartholomew made known, «they should be preserved in Saint Peter’s. They told us in the Vatican that they will look for them. When they have found them, I shall send a letter asking for them to be restored to us».

… For this reason the role played by Bartholomew in the jockeying for Turkey’s entrance into the European Union is all the more interesting.

n his press conference the Patriarch spoke highly of the steps taken by Erdogan’s government to conform with European legislative standards («Some Kurdish members of parliament have been released, they have begun television broadcasts in Kurdish: the death penalty has been abolished, whereas it is still in force in some States of the US»). He confided that, with Turkey in mind, he had insisted there be reference to the need for dialogue between Europe and Islam in the joint declaration signed with the Pope. He also announced the permission given by the moderate Islamic Turkish government to the reopening of the patriarchal Theological School of Halki, the Orthodox academy closed in the ’seventies by the rigid secularism of Kemal-like legislation («We expect to get going with the next academic year»).

A meeting between the Pope and Erdogan, directed by Bartholomew, only a month before the meeting of the Council of Europe that in December is to debate the thorny question, and despite the many, even ecclesial, objections to Turkey’s entry into the EU (advanced, no doubt, by appeal to the Christian roots of Europe), would be a neat stroke if nothing else.

30giorni.it/us/articolo.asp?id=3999


#2

Sincerely close to tears by reading this. Thank you so much.


#3

This is great news to hear. His All-Holiness has been very cordial in his overtures to the Holy Father, and hopefully this could lead to a future reconciliation between Rome and Constantinople. It is also especially heartening to hear that the theological school at Halki may be re-opening after all these years. Despite its unlikelihood, I still pray to live to see the day that Christ is once again proclaimed from the Ayia Sofia.


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[quote=J_Chrysostomos]This is great news to hear. His All-Holiness has been very cordial in his overtures to the Holy Father, and hopefully this could lead to a future reconciliation between Rome and Constantinople. It is also especially heartening to hear that the theological school at Halki may be re-opening after all these years. Despite its unlikelihood, I still pray to live to see the day that Christ is once again proclaimed from the Ayia Sofia.
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JC,

That would be an incredibly momentous occasion. I’m not sure anyone could have predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union would have happened so rapidly, literally from one minute to the next in the summer of 1991. So, if God wills it, Hagia Sophia will once again resound with the chant of the divine liturgy. I sincerely think the best thing His All Holiness Bart could do would be to put his absolute best foot forward towards reunification. If the Western Church under JP II can bring down a genocidal Soviet regime, then surely a united church can kick out a few Turks from Hagia Sophia.


#5

Indeed this is good news. It seems quite appropriate to rejoice for such news today, on the feast of St. Leopold Mandic.

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[left]O Blessed Virgin, I believe you have the greatest solicitude for the dissident easterners. And I would like to cooperate with my whole heart in your maternal affection.[/left]
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[left]Today is the feast of St. Leopold Bogdan Mandic. St. Leopold was born in Dalmatia (modern Bosnia) in 1866, the twelth child of Peter and Caroline Mandic. They named him “Bogdan,” which means “gift of God” (the Croatian analog to “Adeodatus,” which was the name of St. Augustine’s son). Holy Leopold was born physically malformed and delicate of health, but showed signs early of great spiritual strength and integrity. At age 16, Bogdan left Dalmatia for Italy. There he entered the Capuchin Order and took the name Brother Leopold.[/left]
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In 1897, he was appointed superior of the Capuchin Friary of Zara. He rejoiced, for Zara was closer to the Balkans. Many sailors and merchants of all the Balkan countries and the Near East frequented this Dalmatian port. Father Leopold had hardly settled in when he began his apostolate. As soon as a ship was announced, he ran to welcome the newcomers and made acquaintance with them. He had an easy pretext, for when a stranger lands in a foreign country, he is glad to meet a friendly face ready to give useful information and guidance, if needed, throughout the city. On the way, they speak of different things. Father Leopold asks about the home country, work, family and religion of his new friends. When it seems opportune, he takes up delicately and discreetly the subject which is so dear to his heart: the knowledge of the true religion and adherence to the Catholic faith. The good seed has been sown; it will rise when God pleases.

Holy Leopold was convinced that his special mission was to work for a reunion of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. After his death, an image of the Blessed Virgin was found on which he had written on July 18, 1937: “In solemn memory of the event of 1887. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the first time I heard the call of God asking me to pray for and promote the return of the Eastern dissidents to Catholic unity.” With his confessor’s permission, he made a vow to fulfill this mission towards the Eastern Christians. He would often renew this promise, and a few months before his death, he would write again: "I no longer have any doubt before God that I am chosen for the salvation of the Eastern peoples, that is to say, the Eastern dissidents. Because of this, I must answer to the divine bounty of Our Lord Jesus Christ who has deigned to choose me, in order that, through my ministry, the divine promise may finally be realized: *There will be but one flock and one Shepherd. *

Holy Leopold gave tremendous encouragement to many people, especially those despairing of hope because of an enslavement to sin. He was truly an apostle; though he did not go to the mission territory, his long service in the confessional proved to be his own distinct apostolate. For nearly forty years, twelve hours a day, he received, counselled, and absolved thousands of penitents, working as a herald of God’s love and forgiveness. And his human weakness highlights the gift of spiritual strength which enabled him to carry out this untiring apostolate.

Holy Leopold’s great humility and unceasing longing for Christian unity should be an inspiration to us all. Likewise, his untiring work in the confessional should remind us of our own need for repentance and humility. As such, I think today would be a good day to pray for the reunion of the separated eastern and western communions and for a revival of the holy sacrament of confession.

Holy Leopold, pray for us!


#6

Holy Leopold, pray for us! Amen!!

ZT


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