Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pope Sees Catholic--Orthodox Harmony; Says Meeting with Orthodox Clergy Brings Joy

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.

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