Ecumenism lives

October 26, 1997

THE ecumenical activity spurred by the Second Vatican Council is bearing fruit. A vivid example was the Thursday visit to Baltimore of His All Holiness Ecumenical Partriach Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians.

The day was a historic occasion for Orthodox Christians in Maryland. But with an afternoon service conducted jointly with Cardinal William H. Keeler at the Roman Catholic Basilica in Baltimore, it also marked the first time an Orthodox ecumenical patriarch has preached at a Roman Catholic church in this country. The cardinal and the partriarch took the occasion to highlight the warming relations between these two great branches of Christendom.

Meanwhile, a number of Baltimoreans marked the 10th anniversary of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, an innovative effort to increase interfaith understanding not by trying to resolve or skim over deep differences, but by studying how and why they came to be.

It was a week worthy of Maryland's proud heritage of religious freedom and tolerance.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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