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Thanks to patriarch’s support ‘much progress’ has been made Source: ANSA.it (ANSA) – Vatican City, November 30 – Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I to “continue with confidence along the path that leads to the recovery of full communion” between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. In a message conveyed by a papal delegation to Istanbul for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle, the pontiff said “much progress” had been made “on this road” thanks to the “assiduous and active support” of Bartholomew I . “Even though the road ahead still seems…

Source: The National Herald | By Peter Marudas Like his predecessors, Eastern Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew during his twenty year tenure has had to confront two fundamental challenges: the survival of the Patriarchate in a generally hostile Turkish environment, and his relations with the other independent Orthodox Churches including the administration of his own flock dispersed in Western Europe, parts of Greece, North and South America, and Australia. His All Holiness has certainly made progress in improving the Patriarchate’s position in Turkey, and after a very rocky beginning has advanced greater Pan-Orthodox cooperation, while his record with his own jurisdictions, especially in…

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