A (small) hopeful sign of burgeoning Ecumenical Dialogue with Orthodox Church

St. John Paul II aspired to achieve a unification of Eastern and Western Christianity. It was one area of his pontificate that was less than successful, to his great disappointment. So a headline like this one is pretty neat: Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II writes to Pope Francis: let us unify the dates for the Easter celebration.

Every little incremental step helps. Things like the date of a feast day have been bones of contention with the Orthodox for centuries. What this really indicates to me is a growing awareness that the Orthodox and Catholics might actually need each other now. There’s safety in numbers, after all. Protestantism is dying. Growing external pressures are creating problems for Christianity. And it’s cool that Pope Francis’ response is to invite the Patriarch to send an episcopal delegate to the upcoming October synod.

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