Pope Emeritus Benedict reiterates call for priests to ‘face East’

pope-benediktOctober 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Benedict XVI endorsed the reorientation of the priest toward the East in Mass as an ecumenical instrument, saying: “In the liturgy’s orientation to the East, we see that Christians, together with the Lord, want to progress toward the salvation of creation in its entirety.”

These words were in a reflection letter published by the L‘Osservatore Romano on October 12 as a tribute to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, for the upcoming 25th anniversary of his election.

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