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the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches

Pope John Paul II has frequently focused on the traditions and spirituality of the Christian brothers and sisters of the East, both the Eastern Rite Churches that are in union with the Pope, such as the Mother of God Catholic Church, and also the Orthodox Churches. The Eastern Rite Catholic Churches and the Orthodox Churches share the same Divine Liturgy, the Mass, an older form of the Mass dating back to the third century.

Some of the Holy Father's words on the Eastern Churches follow:

Orientale Lumen (The Light Of The East) - Apostolic Letter promulgated on May 2, 1995

Vatican II Praised Eastern Traditions

General Audience, August 9,1995

Fourth Centenary of the Union of Brest

Apostolic Letter of the Supreme Pontiff issued November 12, 1995

Union of Brest Was Work of Holy Spirit

Moleben [Prayer Service], July 6, 1996

We Give Thanks to God for Union of Brest

Holy Father Celebrates Divine Liturgy to Commemorate 400th Anniversary, July 7, 1996

The Church Venerates Fathers of East and West

Angelus, August 4, 1996

Eastern Theology Has Enriched the Whole Church

Angelus, August 11, 1996

Love of Mary Shared by East and West

Angelus, August 18, 1996

Fathers of East Knew How to Listen to Spirit of God

Angelus, September 8, 1996

Eastern Spirituality Emphasizes the 'Heart'

Angelus, September 29, 1996

Beauty Has Important Role in Eastern Spirituality

Angelus, November 3, 1996

Icons Show the Human Face of God

Angelus, November 17, 1996

Different Traditions Can Be Mutually Enriching

Angelus message of January 6, 1997





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