1. Post #1
    Dennab
    May 2009
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    Christianity is a religion frayed over the centuries into many denominations. On Sunday, Pope Francis and the head of a major one vowed to heal one of the church's oldest splits.
    The Great Schism of 1054 separated the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Both profess similar doctrine and worship in similar ways, but a millennium ago, Eastern Orthodoxy rejected the ultimate authority of the Pope.
    Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I -- the spiritual leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide -- signed a declaration on Sunday committing to unity between the two churches.
    Together, they celebrated a divine liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul on Francis' last day in the predominantly Muslim nation -- his first trip there.
    Somber intonations and hymns reverberated through the church as the two spiritual leaders prayed and offered reflections and Francis tried to allay worries.

    Neither church will submit to nor assimilate the other, the Pope said in his homily, but they will work "towards the restoration of full Communion."
    "I want to assure each one of you here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic Church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith," Francis said.
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    August 2009
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    You fool, you have to take Alexandria, Nabulus, and Istanbul first!!! pathetic...
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    Dennab
    June 2010
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    He clearly doesn't have enough piety, wtf, he's using the console

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    Okay no but seriously.

    Would this affect the Russian Orthodoxy at all, or are they still considered separate from the Greeks?

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    March 2009
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    Wait, so is this a literal unification of both churches?

    That's a really, really big deal. Will this affect churches that are in full communion with Eastern Orthodox (i.e. all of the smaller order Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe, etc.), as well?
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    Dennab
    May 2009
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    He clearly doesn't have enough piety, wtf, he's using the console

    Edited:

    Okay no but seriously.

    Would this affect the Russian Orthodoxy at all, or are they still considered separate from the Greeks?
    The russians think of themselves as the third Roman Empire or some shit and don't care about the Greeks. But the other smaller Orthodox countries still follow them
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    Wait, so is this a literal unification of both churches?

    That's a really, really big deal. Will this affect churches that are in full communion with Eastern Orthodox (i.e. all of the smaller order Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe, etc.), as well?
    I'm not sure how they could possibly do that without changing massive parts of their doctrine. The Eastern Orthodox church has some ridiculously big differences from the Catholic Church.
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    October 2009
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    i'd like the church to make more strides towards the protestant churches but TBH some of them make the catholic church look liberal by comparison

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    he'd better win time's person of the year for this one, i mean he litterally did more than the previous 30 some popes at tackling this problem, not counting the ones who declaired crusades to tackle this problem
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    January 2012
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    what about say- oriental orthodoxy/copticism