Ecumenism: A Seed Planted

"This moment, Your Holiness," said Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople, "is one of the most significant for mankind. Humanity at its highest spiritual level has the opportunity at last to guide the world toward peace." Pope Paul VI, gesturing animatedly, often clasping his hands in prayer, replied: "Your Holiness, we must bring our churches closer together. It will not be easy, but we are already on the right road. Nothing is insurmountable in our striving to unite mankind, but we must unite beforehand."

So spoke the highest-ranking prelates of Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, the branches of Christianity sundered in...

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