The seminal letter of Pope John Paul II: directive for re-development of icons in Catholic Churches.
"The last Ecumenical Council recognized by both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is a remarkable example of collaboration between the See of Rome and a conciliar assembly. It was set in the perspective of patristic ecclesiology of communion, founded on tradition, which the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council has justly highlighted".
"The importance given by Nicaea II to the argument of tradition, and more specifically the unwritten tradition, constitutes for us Catholics as well as for our Orthodox brethren an invitation to travel again together the road of the undivided Church, and to re-examine in her light the differences between us that the centuries of separation have accentuated, in order to rediscover that for which Jesus prayed to the Father (cf. John 17, 11; 20-21), full communion in visible unity".
"Closer to us, the Second Vatican Council has put in full light the importance of the 'tradition that comes from the Apostles.' 'In fact, Sacred Scripture is the Word of God in that, under the inspiration of the Divine Spirit, it is put in writing; as for Holy Tradition, it carries the Word of God, entrusted by the Lord Christ and the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and fully transmitted to their successors. '"
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+++ (above image)The icon depicted below the bas-relief image of the Annunciation is titled "Our Lady of Czestochowa". Pope John Paul II requested that the original icon of Czestochowa, located in Poland, be crowned only hours before his death.
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