Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/TURKEY – Patriarch Bartholomew: Christian unity is not an “ecumenical utopia”, but the will of Christ himself
Istanbul – The path to full Christian unity has not stopped and must be continued with tenacity, realism and “full trust in Providence” precisely because it is not based on a sterile “ecumenical utopia” but rather represents “the will of our Lord”. This is emphasized by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, on the occasion of the patronal feast of the apostle Andrew, celebrated yesterday, November 30. In his speech, delivered at the end of the divine liturgy, the Ecumenical Patriarch thanked the Vatican delegation led by Cardinal Kurt Koch , for visiting Istanbul for the feast of St. Andrew despite the difficulties of the pandemic. The Patriarch stressed that precisely in 2020 exactly forty years have passed since the beginning of the official theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which began in 1980 with the meeting in Patmos and Rhodes and which pursued “the restoration of full communion” based on “the unity of faith according to the common experience and tradition of the early Church”, which “should find its full expression in the common celebration of the Eucharist”.