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Pope welcomes new Romanian Orthodox leader, presses ecumencial agenda

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=53863 Pope welcomes new Romanian Orthodox leader, presses ecumencial agenda Bucharest, Oct. 1, 2007
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2007
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      Pope welcomes new Romanian Orthodox leader, presses ecumencial agenda

      Bucharest, Oct. 1, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news)
      sent a message of friendship to the new Orthodox Patriarch Daniel of
      Romania, who was enthroned on September 30.

      The Pope's message confirmed the hopes of the Holy See that the new
      Patriarch will advance the cause of ecumenical ties in Romania.
      Relations between Romanian Catholics and Orthodox have been frayed in
      recent years, largely because of conflicts over the ownership of
      parish properties that were confiscated by the country's Communist
      regime and handed over to Orthodox clerics.

      Patriarch Daniel, the former Metropolitan of Moldova, was elected on
      September 12 to succeed Patriarch Teoctist, who died in July at the
      age of 92. Cardinal Walter Kasper (bio - news), president of the
      Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, attended the coronation
      ceremony for the new Orthodox leader, and delivered the message from
      Pope Benedict.

      Promising his prayers for the spiritual needs of the Romanian
      Orthodox Church, Pope Benedict's message affirms the need for all
      Christians to counteract "the various ideological currents that
      currently attract a large number of our contemporaries." He then
      underlines the need for ecumenical unity, and expresses confidence
      that Romanian Catholics and Orthodox can resolve "with patience,
      reciprocal charity, and hope," the problems that "continue to hinder
      fraternal communion between Catholics and Orthodox." ?
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