Ut Unum Sint

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI of Rome, Servant of the Servants of God and Vicar of Christ, looks on as His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople processes into his cathedral today for a Solemn Divine Liturgy marking the feast of St Andrew. We pray that full communion may be restored between the Holy Roman Church, mother of all churches, and her prodigal sister in the East, that all may be one.

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3 thoughts on “Ut Unum Sint

  1. Indeed – you are quite right and I have amended the text accordingly. However, the Church of Rome is still rightfully described as ‘mother and mistress’ of all the churches, and is pre-eminent, and so in some sense the Church of Constantinople is both a sister and a daughter. Of course, the term sister (or, indeed, daughter) churches can only be used to apply to those Christian communities which retain apostolic succession – including the Orthodox, Coptic and the Assyrian Church of the East.

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