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Pope asks pardon for sins that drove Catholic, Orthodox apart (CNS)

“Worldly concerns poisoned us, weeds of suspicion increased our distance and we ceased to nurture communion,” Pope Francis said in a meeting with Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Greece (CNEWA profile). “Shamefully — I acknowledge this for the Catholic Church — actions and decisions that had little or nothing to do with Jesus and the Gospel — but were instead marked by a thirst for advantage and power — gravely weakened our communion.”

Pope St. John Paul II spoke similar words during his own apostolic journey to Greece in 2001.


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