In today's General Audience, the Pope again turned his attention to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Asia News has an article with quotations. Full translations are available from the Vatican, Zenit and Papa Ratzinger Forum.
Today, he summarized his ecumenical meetings of the past year, speaking of them as "moments of joy, of great significance in this slow ascent to unity." Here is an excerpt from Zenit:
"We commend ourselves to the constant intercession of the Mother of God and of our protector saints so that they will support and help us not to fail in our good intentions, so that they will encourage us to intensify all efforts, praying and working with confidence, convinced that the Holy Spirit will do the rest. He will give us complete unity when and how it pleases him. And, strengthened by this confidence, let us go forward on the path of faith, of hope and of charity. The Lord is guiding us."
Yesterday, Cardinal Walter Kasper briefed the news media. An article from Catholic News Agency discusses his statements on the progress, particularly including a discussion of the state of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue and also mentioning discussions between Catholics and Protestants. Catholic News Agency offers the following summary of Cardinal Kasper's statement about ecumenical discussions planned for the coming year:
"As for forthcoming ecumenical events, the Cardinal mentioned September’s European ecumenical meeting, due to be held in Sibiu, Romania; the plenary session of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox, due to be held in Ravenna, Italy in 2007; and the second ecumenical congress of communities and movements, "Together for Europe," to be held in Stuttgart, Germany. Kasper also mentioned the possibility of Pope Benedict’s presence at the Ravenna meeting."