Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged Catholic and Orthodox Christians to work together in re-evangelising traditionally Christian countries.

“For a renewed proclamation of the Gospel in the modern world we need evangelisers animated by the same apostolic zeal of St Paul,” the Holy Father said in a letter to mark the close of the 12th Inter-Christian Symposium.

Over the course of last weekend, the symposium brought together both Catholic and Orthodox scholars in the Greek city of Thessaloniki to discuss the topic of the witness of the Church in the modern world.

The Holy Father described the theme as ‘very timely and central’ to his ‘concerns and prayers’ for a ‘New Evangelisation’ of traditionally Christian countries where the practice of the Christian faith has declined in recent times.

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