Catholic / Orthodox Relations
Orthodox Hear Benedict XVI's Plea for Unity On Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
ZENIT, 6/29/2005
Rome - Benedict XVI pressed his efforts to improve relations with the Orthodox Churches, urging them to focus on what unites them with Rome rather than on centuries-old disputes.
On today's solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patrons of Rome, the
Pope also bestowed the pallium on dozens of archbishops.

He addressed part of his homily toward a visiting delegation from the
Orthodox Church of Constantinople, which was sent for the occasion by
Patriarch Bartholomew I.

The Holy Father greeted the delegation and said: "Even if we still do
not agree on the question of the interpretation and of the capacity
of the Petrine ministry, we are however together in the apostolic
succession, we are profoundly united with the others by the episcopal
ministry and by the sacrament of the priesthood and we confess
together the faith of the apostles as it is given in Scripture and as
it is interpreted in the great Councils."

"In this hour of the world, full of skepticism and doubts but rich in
the desire for God, we acknowledge again our common mission to
witness together Christ the Lord and, on the basis of that unity that
is already given to us, to help the world believe," Benedict XVI said.

"And we entreat the Lord with all our heart to guide us to full unity
so that the splendor of the truth, which alone can create unity, will
again become visible in the world," he added.