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Catholic-Orthodox Unity

Today, on the Feast of the Apostle St. Andrew, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated to Bartholomew I, Orthodox ecumenical patriarch, "the need to progress toward full communion with the Orthodox Church." The Pope marked the occasion by delivering relics of St. Andrew to Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Kazakhstan.

While the Catholic Church has long sought an end to the 1,000 year schism between the churches, the Orthodox have often been unresponsive - a legacy of communism, war and clerical entrenchment. But there are hints of a positive shift among the Orthodox. Reunification would rank among the most important events of the past 500 years.

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Reunification would rank among the most important events of the past 500 years.

In what, the history of magic?

>>In what, the history of magic?

Richard, you are correct, and it would be a great development indeed, especially since the disagreement was largely political and less theologically divisive than the Protestant Reformation.

I believe that unity would be a wonderful example to other Christians and non-Christians. St. Paul himself wrote that divisions within the Christian community is a scandal and the Pope and many Orthodox leaders are providing a excellent example of reconciliation.

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