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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians prayed with Pope Benedict XVI in the Sistine Chapel on Saturday and urged Catholics and Orthodox to work together to combat fundamentalism and to promote religious tolerance.

The two men are eager to bridge a nearly millennium-long schism between the two churches, and see moral and social issues — including fundamentalism, religious intolerance, abortion, euthanasia and environmental degradation — as fertile ground for common initiatives.

Bartholomew was invited to address bishops from around the world attending a meeting at the Vatican this month about the importance of the Bible. Cardinals and bishops listened attentively as the patriarch spoke about the potential for common initiatives between the world’s 250 million Orthodox and more than 1 billion Catholics.[source]

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  • I Pray God it happens……Remebering Franklin’s quote: “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

  • I have purely selfish reasons for them finally getting togeter. I would be able to attend the Orthodox Church mere steps from my front door and hear some exceptional music…

  • what is stopping you now?

  • Adrienne,I assure you that you are most welcome at any Orthodox service. Our only limitations are those imposed by the immemorial discipline of the Church (observed also by the Roman Church), which precludes communication in sacris with the non-Orthodox. Please feel free to stop in.ICXCJohn

  • CC – I mean to actually “attend” in the full sense of the orientem – we do go once in awhile just to hear the music. They have been wonderful neighbors and have always made these “Romans” very welcome. Most years we attend their feast after the Easter service. They love my garlic mashed potatoes. LOLAnd one year I supplied the mini- pumpkins and flowers for the tables when their Bishop was coming. I told Father Gregory that next time I was going to put a little sticker on the pumpkins that said Roman Catholic – sort of like a Sunkist orange sticker.