A unifying pope

Posted Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I am very pleased that the Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attended the formal inauguration of Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday. This is a first since The Great Schism of 1054, a dispute that ruptured and separated the church into the Eastern Church and the (western) Roman Catholic Church denominations.

While total "unity" may be too much to ask, it is undoubtedly a good sign of more cordiality, and I look forward to further harmony during Pope Francis' pontificate in reaching out in genuine friendship to all Christians.

-- James A. Marples, Longview

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