Vatican reaches out to Orthodox

03 December 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
In a message marking the feast of the apostle Andrew, patron saint of the Orthodox world, Pope Francis urged Catholics and Orthodox to offer a “credible and effective witness” to the Christian values of trust, respect, charity and reconciliation. The message was hand-delivered to the Orthodox leader Patriarch Bartholomew (pictured) in Istanbul by the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, who led a delegation to the Patriarchal Church of St George for the feast of St Andrew on Monday.The Pope recalled his own visit to Turkey a year ago, as well as the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the lifting of mutual excommunications by Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras 1 on 7 December 1965. There is no longer “any impedimen

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