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Pope and Melkites
Posted By Eric Sammons On May 11, 2009 @ 7:42 am In Eastern Christianity | Comments Disabled
The Pope celebrated Vespers at a Melkite Catholic Cathedral in Amman on Saturday, and he spoke about the importance of Eastern Christians :
The Church herself is a pilgrim people and thus, through the centuries, has been marked by determinant historical events and pervading cultural epochs. Sadly, some of these have included times of theological dispute or periods of repression. Others, however, have been moments of reconciliation – marvellously strengthening the communion of the Church – and times of rich cultural revival, to which Eastern Christians have contributed so greatly. Particular Churches within the universal Church attest to the dynamism of her earthly journey and manifest to all members of the faithful a treasure of spiritual, liturgical, and ecclesiastical traditions which point to God’s universal goodness and his will, seen throughout history, to draw all into his divine life.
The ancient living treasure of the traditions of the Eastern Churches enriches the universal Church and could never be understood simply as objects to be passively preserved.
For those who would like to read more about the Melkites, you can go to the home page for the Eparchy of Newton , which is the diocese of the Melkite Church in America.
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