December 12, 2011
Pope Benedict said Catholics and Orthodox have a duty to show a united front of mature faith in facing challenges intensified by increased secularism.
In a letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the pope said Catholics and Orthodox are faced with "the exact same challenges, whether of a cultural, social, economic, political or ecologic nature."
The pope said the shared principles of Orthodox and Catholics could help overcome obstacles along the ecumenical path.
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