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The Patriarch said the first steps taken by Francis in the field of ecumenical dialogue are very important. “We are very glad he has given such focus to his role as “Bishop of Rome”. And we are also glad about his decision to nominate eight cardinals as advisors: this is similar to the synod system in our Church.” Bartholomew went on to make a joke about Francis’ decision to stay in the Sanctae Marthae residence: “When we met there, the fact we were both living in the Domus Sanctae Marthae meant we had the chance to have a few brotherly chats and sit down to table together. As you know, the Pope took the suite I usually stay in when I come to the Vatican. At one point he said to me: “I stole your room...” to which I replied: “You’re welcome to have it!””.
The Patriarch is being presented with more and more chances “to demonstrate our good will and our determination to continue ecumenical dialogue.” “There are some elements, within Orthodoxy as well, that make this difficult, but we need to overcome these difficulties in order to proceed with theological dialogue,” Bartholomew admitted.
Young Catholics, Jews and Muslims will come together at this year’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro (23-28 July). The meeting will take place on 21 July at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. About two hundred leaders of the world’s three main monotheistic religions “will come together to present the main elements of their own faith, as well as the concrete actions they have taken to foster interreligious dialogue,” the WYD organising committee announced.
What is wrong with interfaith? It doesn't make any sense. Tolerance, in the true meaning of the word, on the other hand is a fruit of The Spirit of God.
Originally posted by pheonix358
When he breaks open the Vatican's chests of gold and starts feeding the starving I may take notice.
When he takes all of his Cardinals and a couple of thousand priests and Nuns and stages a sit in on no-mans land on the 38th parallel between NK and SK I may take notice.
In conclusion, the Roman catholic church and her new leadership is infront of epochal decisions. If not made, if not made on time, if not made in the quality and magnitude needed, someone else will make them instead. Because the humankind does not end with the last pope in Malachi's list. Hope it is not really the last one. The humankind survives anyway whatever cataclysm is planned to befall this planet. And continues to wait for the Second Coming that not even the angels know the date of, nor the Son, but only the Father in Heaven.