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.