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Cardinal says ecumenism is about friendships, not just documents

The Vatican's Cardinal Walter Kasper has told a Seattle forum that ecumenism is a matter of "making friendships" rather than simply accumulating documents on the shelf.

Catholic News Service reports that Cardinal Kasper (pictured centre), one of Christianity's foremost leaders in ecumenism and Christian-Jewish relations, was in Seattle at the end of September to spread the message that with friendship comes dialogue.

"Ecumenism is a thing of personal encounter" that enables people to "overcome mistrust ... and make friendships," said Cardinal Kasper, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and its Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews.

"If you have made friendship, dialogue goes on," and participants come to see they have a "common spirituality," he added.

Cardinal Kasper was invited by Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett (pictured right), who also is widely known for his ecumenical and interfaith work. The two worked together closely on the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, which the archbishop co-chaired.

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7 Oct 2004