Pope Benedict XVI stated that the theological differences between the Catholic and Orthodox churches are sometimes exaggerated, as he met this week with a group of Orthodox prelates representing Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the Catholic Culture website reports today (June 30, 2011).
The Pope thanked the Orthodox delegation -- led by Metropolitan Emmanuel of France -- for coming to Rome to join in celebrations of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
"The spiritual intimacy we experience each time we meet causes me profound joy and a sense of gratitude towards God," the Pontiff said.
It was almost 1,000 years ago when the Christian Church became split into two major divisions -- Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox -- in what is called the Great Schism of 1054.