With "great emotion" Benedict XVI announced that a recent scientific probe confirmed what Catholic tradition has always held, namely that the body of the Apostle Paul is located under the papal altar in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The announcement was made today in the basilica itself during the homily of the First Vespers of the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, which brings the Pauline Year to a close, a year that was held to celebrate 2,000 years since the birth of the Apostle of Tarsus.
Archbishop Demetrios of America announces the visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States this coming October for a three-stage visit, which will include an Environmental Symposium on the Mississippi River and visits to New York, Atlanta and Washington D.C.
The annual pilgrimage to New Skete Monastery here will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009, during the Post-Feast of the Transfiguration. The theme of this year's pilgrimage is "Jesus: The Heart of Renewal." In addition to a full schedule of liturgical services and other events, Dr. Peter Bouteneff of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, will address pilgrims on the theme's theological significance, while Sister Rebecca will offer a presentation on the image of Christ in the world as reflected in iconography.
The 76th meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, June 1 to 3, 2009. The session, hosted by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA], was co-chaired by His Eminence, Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and Roman Catholic Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
A common understanding of the role the bishop of Rome played in the united Christianity of the first millennium is essential for resolving the question of the primacy of the pope in a united church, Pope Benedict XVI said.
The pope met June 27 with Orthodox Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Bishop Athenagoras of Sinope, who serves as the assistant metropolitan of Belgium, and Deacon Ioakim Billis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.