Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cardinal Bertone Brings Relics of St. Andrew to Catholics and Orthodox of Kazakhstan

If there's one thing I know about being Catholic, it's that the depths of our faith can never be completely plumbed.  I am always learning something new.  The recent feast of St. Andrew the Apostle has brought a wave of new learning about the eastern and western churches (new to me, anyway). Although, this may be basic information to many others.

St. Andrew, who is known as the first apostle to follow the Lord, is listed as the first Patriarch of Constantinople and is venerated in the east as "protoklitos" or "first called."  As I mentioned in yesterday's post, relics of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory Nazianzen were returned to Constantinople in 2004 by Pope John Paul II.  Yesterday, in Kazakhstan, Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, gave relics of St. Andrew to the Catholic and Orthodox churches.  The blog, Byzantine, TX, has a post on this event.  In it, Cardinal Bertone is quoted as saying:
"This assignment, which I am honored to effect in the hands of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexander, comes in response to the devout request that his predecessor, Metropolitan Mefodji, and Archbishop Tomasz Peta, Catholic Metropolitan, jointly addressed to Pope Benedict XVI. The Pontiff, gladly desiring to meet the ardent request, decided to send to the two respective Churches two fragments of the precious relics. This choice has a profound significance, in as much as is underlines the common veneration of the apostles."
                                               Photo:  Byzantine, TX Blog

The importance of relics, the physical remains of holy men and women, is an interesting aspect of spiritual life for the Catholic and Orthodox church.  God willing, the "dialogue of love" and the "dialogue of truth" between the two churches will continue to build on the faith held in common and culminate in eventual reunion.

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