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Posted on 01/28/2013 2:01:39 PM PST by marshmallow
Cardinal Kurt Koch on the recent dialogues with Eastern Orthodox and Lutherans, and the effect of the "Arab Spring"
The President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, was recently interviewed by the German Catholic news agency KNA. What follows is an English translation of selected questions and answers from that interview.
KNA: Your Eminence, the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity is the occasion for an ecumenical assessment. Where do we stand today?
Cardinal Koch: I hope that we are not standing but rather walking, and that we can take further steps in all the dialogues that we are promoting. And in fact the dialogues are continuing. There are no new major points to mention. Ecumenism today requires a lot of patience.
KNA: In Egypt the new Coptic Patriarch Tawadros has been installed in office. How are relations between Rome and this, the largest ancient Eastern Church?
Cdl. Koch: Very positive. I was present at the enthronement of the Patriarch and had the privilege of conveying to him a message, a greeting from the Holy Father, as well as a wonderful gift, a chalice. This made the new Coptic Pope very happy, and in my opinion contributed substantially to the possibility of deepening relations [between our Churches].
KNA: In Egypt now they are about to found a national council of Churches.
Cdl. Koch: The Christians in Egypt find themselves at the moment in a difficult situation. Collaborating with all of them has to be a concern. I find it very positive that they are seeking common ways [to proceed].
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