Notes Progress Made by Joint Commission
ISTANBUL, Turkey, DEC. 1, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is affirming that progress is being made on the path to Catholic-Orthodox unity, and says uprooting the obstacle caused by the “thorny question” of papal primacy will be key for continued progress.
The patriarch of Constantinople made this affirmation when he welcomed a delegation from the Holy See for Monday’s feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Orthodox Church.
The Vatican delegation was headed by Cardinal Walter Kasper and Bishop Brian Farrell, president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Bartholomew said the presence of the delegation in Istanbul “confirms the desire to eliminate the impediments accumulated in the course of a millennium to attain the fullness of communion.”
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