Papal Message to Symposium on Eucharist and Ecumenism
"To Achieve the Full Communion of Christians Must Be an Objective for All"
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 6, 2005 (Zenit) - Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's message to the inter-Christian symposium on "The Eucharist in the Eastern and Western Tradition with Particular Reference to Ecumenical Dialogue."
The symposium, being held in Assisi, Italy, through Wednesday, is organized by the Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical University Antonianum of Rome and the Department of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Greece.
* * *
To the Venerated Brother
Cardinal Walter Kasper
President of the Pontifical Council
for Promoting Christian Unity
I have received with joy the news that in Assisi, oasis and call for peace, the 9th symposium is being held promoted by the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical University Antonianum and by the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica, the city to whose first Christian community St. Paul sent two letters.
This initiative is an appropriate opportunity for a fraternal exchange, as well as to reflect and study further important topics of the common heritage of the faith, analyzing the implications it entails for Christian life. Seen as particularly urgent in our time is the search for full visible unity among all the disciples of Christ and for this reason, there is a need for a more profound spirituality of greater reciprocal love.
The topic being addressed this year, "The Eucharist in the Eastern and Western Tradition with Particular Reference to Ecumenical Dialogue," is very significant for the life of Christians and for the reconstitution of full communion among all the disciples of Christ.
The Second Vatican Council reminded opportunely "with how much love Eastern Christians celebrate liturgical worship, above all the Eucharistic celebration, source of the life of the Church and pledge of future glory ("Unitatis Redintegratio," No. 15), and explained that in virtue of the apostolic succession, the priesthood and the Eucharist "are united to us with very close links" (ibid.).
Dialogue and confrontation in truth and charity, which will be developed during the symposium, will certainly make the common faith emerge, as well as those theological and liturgical aspects peculiar to the East and West, which are complementary and dynamic for the building of the People of God and which are a richness for the Church. The absence of full communion does not allow, unfortunately, the concelebration that for both is the sign of that full unity to which we are all called. In any case, it will be a call to intensify prayer, study and dialogue with the objective of resolving the differences that still remain.
To achieve the full communion of Christians must be an objective for all those who profess faith in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, "faithful and shepherds alike. This concern extends to everyone, according to his talent, whether it be exercised in his daily Christian life or in his theological and historical research" ("Unitatis Redintegratio," No. 5). The symposium, which follows in the tracks of other similar and fruitful ecumenical initiatives, brings to light the common commitment, search and study oriented to clarifying differences and overcoming misunderstandings. In this line, the institutes of theological teaching can play a fundamental role in the formation of the new generations and in offering renewed Christian witness in today's world.
Invoking the Lord's blessing upon the participants so that the symposium will be fecund in doctrinal, cultural and spiritual contributions, I send my cordial wishes with the words of the Apostle: "May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you" (1 Thessalonians 5:28).
Castel Gandolfo, September 1, 2005
https://www.catholic.org CA, US
Catholic Online - Publisher, 661 869-1000
Papal, Pope, Eucharist, Symposium, Ecumenical
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- 'Living Lent': Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent - Day 38
- St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo: Saint of the Day for Friday, March ...
- Young Catholics become a minority in places across Europe
- Daily Reading for Saturday, March 24th, 2018 HD Video
- Abortion Walkout Protest planned by several high school students HD Video
- Daily Readings for Friday, March 23, 2018
- Vatican to UN, people with Down Syndrome deserve human rights protections
- Daily Reading for Friday, March 23rd, 2018 HD
- Data taken from Facebook is being used to control you HD
- Sin HD
- NOT AGAIN Ă˘Â€Â" Ă˘Â€ÂMultiple casualtiesĂ˘Â€Â™ at Maryland school shooting HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education