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Friday, 30 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
On learning of the death of the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church His Holiness Shenouda III, Patriarch of Alexandria, the Holy Father Benedict XVI sent a message of condolence:
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
Saturday, 17 March 2012
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The many tributes have recalled his devotion to the service of all the people of the favoured land of Egypt, blessed with the Lord's own presence, and the welfare and solidarity of all its citizens in peace and love, especially in the recent times of strife and change. We can also recall how in his long reign he was not only a principled and uncompromising peacemaker and reconciler; even when roundly criticised he refused in respect of Israeli-Egyptian relations to "cry peace where there is no peace", insisting that peace must be for all and cannot be for some. He also called on his flock to be people of love, peace and courageous forbearance, not violent like those who provoked them. But turning the other cheek at the Lord's command was not a sign of weakness or giving in: he was bold in the face of the oppression of the Christian people and all dispossessed Egyptians before the civil authorities. He thus became a Confessor of the faith, banished and exiled for his faithfulness to the demands of the Gospel and the truth of Jesus Christ. On this rests the respect in which he was held on all sides.
We remember with special gratefulness to God his concern for the union of all Christ's people, and particularly for the unity of the Churches, signified in the way he reached out warmly to the Catholic Church and successive Holy Fathers in Rome. Many pages have been turned, thanks to his teaching and witness to the apostolic faith, in the long history of philosphical and doctrinal misunderstandings that have best relations between the Catholic, Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox families of churches. Pope Shenouda is now for ever to be remembered for his achievements in our mutual rapprochement and the increasing solidarity of our common witness to Christ not only in our respective historic heartlands, but also in the diaspora where our faithful and our mission of service and proclamation mingle and stand alongside one another. Not least in Britain over the last few decades, the Coptic Orthodox Church has grown from being a community of expatriate Egyptians to a major and much valued contributor, alonside the British Orthodox Church, to the entire ecumenical movement and represents a welcome refreshment to our long standing efforts towards Christian unity and the full communion of our Church. The Christian Churches Together in Britain today would be unthinkable without the Coptic Orthodox Church and this is due in no small measure to the zeal and evangelical energy of Pope Shenouda, making sure that "their sound is gone out into all lands". May he rest with the saints. May his memory be eternal!
Here is the obituary from Ahram Online, praising his patriotic service in the peace and reconciliation of all Egyptian society.
Here is the report from the BBC, recalling a "passionate advocate of unity".
Friday, 2 March 2012
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, has sent a letter to the bishops of the world concerning the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land. The letter also bears the signature of Archbishop Cyril Vasil, secretary of the congregation.
Thursday, 1 March 2012
His life was an example of heroic virtue. An extremely active pastor, who used his personal wealth to fund thousands of philanthropic projects, he was also a man of deep prayer. A gifted preacher and prolific writer, he reached out to his people constantly, teaching uneducated peasants the basics of hygiene and agricultural techniques, and dialoguing with the intelligentsia among his own people and the cultured classes of all Europe. He traveled widely, visiting his flock in Western Europe, North and South America, and seeing to it that they would have bishops of their own to take care of them. Never of good health, his last fifteen years were a constant agony of pain and paralysis. Even so, he valiantly led his Church through extremely difficult and oppressive times.
His two great passions in life were the restoration of authentic Eastern Christian Monasticism in his Church, (which he achieved through the creation of monasteries following the Studite Typicon) and the union of Churches. He specifically laboured at Orthodox-Catholic reconciliation, decades before this became fashionable. For this he was often looked upon as dangerous and insufficiently loyal to Rome. He was, however, a firm believer in a strong papacy, which caused many Orthodox to mistrust this saintly man as well, even though he loved them dearly and stood up for them when they were persecuted. He valued education (having the equivalent of three doctorates himself) and founded the L’viv Theological Academy in 1929, naming Fr. Josyf Slipyj as its rector. This same man would later be Metropolitan Andrey’s coadjutor and successor, and a direct heir to many of Metropolitan Andrey’s great dreams and aspirations.
Metropolitan Andrey led his flock of some five million faithful through two world wars. He was arrested by the Czarist forces in World War I. Polish and Nazi German authorities would keep him under house arrest in later years. He courageously saved many Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Metropolitan Andrey died as the Red Army occupied his city of L’viv once again in 1944. Before his death, he predicted the annihilation of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church, and its eventual resurrection. Both his predictions came true. In 1946 the Soviet Secret Police, with the assistance of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church staged a pseudo-council of the Ukrainian Church, during which a small group of frightened clergy voted to liquidate their Church and join the Moscow Patriarchate. No Ukrainian Greco-Catholic bishop ever agreed to this. For almost half a century, the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church was the world’s largest outlawed religious body. As the Soviet Union crumbled, this Church came out of the Catacombs with over five million faithful, thousands of priests and over three thousand parishes. Many believe this survival of the Church in Ukraine to be a miracle worked by Metropolitan Andrey. The cause for his beatification and canonization is underway. Metropolitan Andrey believed in the necessity of the Union of Churches, to be achieved through mutual understanding and sacrificial love, as well as a return to the sources of the faith. He enjoined all people to pray for God’s Wisdom. His life and his legacy are an inspiration to the staff and students of the Institute that bears his name.
Further details from http://www.olconference.com
- Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Orthodox), Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Oxford, England
- Bishop William Lori (Roman Catholic), Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ (Greek Catholic), Pontifical Oriental Institute (Retired), Boston, Massachusetts
- Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin (Orthodox)