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Pope and Russian Orthodox Leader in Historic Meeting Announce Agreement on Major Issues Plaguing Christians

John-Henry Westen : Feb 15, 2016  LifeSiteNews.com

"It is a source of concern for us that there is a current curtailment of the rights of Christians, if not their outright discrimination, when certain political forces, guided by an often very aggressive secularist ideology, seek to relegate them to the margins of public life." –Joint Declaration

Reuters(Cuba)—A joint declaration signed by both Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, head of the Orthodox Church of Moscow and All Russia, issued today after their historic meeting in the Havana Cuba airport issues a strong call for the defense of life and family. (Photo via LifeSiteNews.com)

The declaration commenced with a wish to reestablish Christian unity, stating a "determination to undertake all that is necessary to overcome the historical divergences we have inherited."

The religious leaders expressed the wish to combine the efforts of Orthodox and Catholics "to give witness to the Gospel of Christ and to the shared heritage of the Church of the first millennium, responding together to the challenges of the contemporary world" since "human civilization has entered into a period of epochal change."

After discussing the violent Christian persecution underway in the Middle East and North Africa, the Pope and Patriarch turned their attention to the West. "At the same time, we are concerned about the situation in many countries in which Christians are increasingly confronted by restrictions to religious freedom, to the right to witness to one's convictions and to live in conformity with them."

"In particular, we observe that the transformation of some countries into secularized societies, estranged from all reference to God and to His truth, constitutes a grave threat to religious freedom," they said. "It is a source of concern for us that there is a current curtailment of the rights of Christians, if not their outright discrimination, when certain political forces, guided by an often very aggressive secularist ideology, seek to relegate them to the margins of public life."

The declaration expresses concern about the "crisis in the family in many countries" and notes "Orthodox and Catholics share the same conception of the family."

"The family is based on marriage, an act of freely given and faithful love between a man and a woman," it says. "We regret that other forms of cohabitation have been placed on the same level as this union, while the concept, consecrated in the biblical tradition, of paternity and maternity as the distinct vocation of man and woman in marriage is being banished from the public conscience."

Marriage, they said, "is a path of holiness, testifying to the faithfulness of the spouses in their mutual interaction, to their openness to the procreation and rearing of their children, to solidarity between the generations and to respect for the weakest." It is "a school of love and faithfulness." Love, says the declaration, seals the union of the husband and wife "and teaches them to accept one another as a gift."

The Pope and Patriarch called for an end to abortion. "We call on all to respect the inalienable right to life," said the declaration. "Millions are denied the very right to be born into the world. The blood of the unborn cries out to God (cf. Gen 4:10)."

The declaration also condemned euthanasia and immoral reproductive technologies, which would include IVF and destructive research on human embryos...

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