"The apostolic traditions which you maintain enjoy their full spiritual fruitfulness when they are lived in union with the Church universal," said the Pontiff "upon receiving in audience a group of bishops of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church" — Pope Affirms Richness of Living Diversity in Union. The rite's liturgy — Malayalam Qurbana.
"Benedict XVI granted ecclesial communion to Archbishop Sviatoslav Schevchuk, 40, as the major archbishop of the Archeparchy of Kiev, Ukraine" — New Primate for Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. "Archbishop Schevchuk (Rome has not assigned the title of patriarchate to this Church) was the youngest bishop taking part in the synod and is the fourth youngest bishop of the Catholic Church."
Dude's His Excellency's the same age as I am.
News not from an Eastern church but from a Western church in the East — Pope names two new bishops for Japan. "Father Eijiro Suwa, 63, the pastor at Enoguchi parish in Kochi prefecture, in Osaka archdiocese’s Takamatsu diocese, about 600km southwest of Tokyo, will become Bishop of Takamatsu while Father Paul Hamaguchi, 62, pastor of the Cathedral Church of Takamatsu in Nagasaki archdiocese will become Bishop of Oita." That's a lot of Takamatsus to keep track of, or, if you prefer, of which to keep track.
UPDATE: "It is a motive of pride for your Church to be united from the beginning to the Successor of Peter" — Pontiff Affirms Communion With New Maronite Patriarch.
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