Saturday, May 11, 2013
Pope Francis welcomes Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros
"Friday’s meeting between the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox popes comes 40 years to the day after the first historic encounter between Pope Paul VI....
Forty years ago the Common Declaration of our predecessors represented a milestone on the ecumenical journey, and from it emerged a Commission for Theological Dialogue between our Churches, which has yielded good results and has prepared the ground for a broader dialogue between the Catholic Church and the entire family of Oriental Orthodox Churches, a dialogue that continues to bear fruit to this day."
Francis and all the previous Popes that worked hard for unity have reason to celebrate and it is with joy that we Catholics welcome our holy brothers and sisters and pray that united in Baptism we may be united by the Chalice also.