BENEDICT XVI: TO PATRIARCH BATHOLOMAIOS I, PETRINE MINISTRY "SERVICE OF LOVE NOT OF POWER"

In his address to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomaios I, Benedict XVI, quoting the words of his predecessor John Paul II in his encyclical "Ut unum sint", reiterated his offer to study the "forms" in which "the ministry of the Bishop of Rome may accomplish a service of love recognized by one and all". The Pope’s message was delivered today, on the Feast of St. Andrew, to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomaios I by Cardinal Walter Kasper. The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is heading the Holy See delegation to Istanbul to attend the celebrations organised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Feast of St Andrew, Patron Saint of the Church of Constantinople. The delegation includes Mgr. Brian Farrell, Secretary of the above-mentioned Pontifical Council, officers Andrea Palmieri and Vladimiro Caroli as well as archbishop Antonio Lucibello, apostolic nuncio to Turkey. In his message to the Patriarch, the Pope recalled the meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches, which was held in Cyprus on the theme "The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium". The meeting – pointed out the Pope – was marked by a spirit of solemn purpose and a warm sentiment of closeness". (continued)

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