Ecumenism: Reunion in Rome

For the first time in Christian history, the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople last week set foot in Rome. Accompanied by four of his Metropolitans, Athenagoras I, the spiritual primate of Orthodoxy, arrived by jet for the third of his historic, symbolic encounters with Pope Paul VI. The three-day visit was, in a sense, a return engagement, inspired by the Pope's trip to Istanbul last July.

Since the Patriarch has no jurisdictional authority over most of Orthodoxy's autonomous branches, the meeting could not in itself produce any decision that might lead to union...

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