Patriarch Kirill hopes to improve relations with the Constantinople Patriarch during his visit
01 July 2009, 18:10
Patriarch Kirill hopes to improve relations with
the Constantinople Patriarch during his visit to Turkey
Moscow, July 1, Interfax The Russian Orthodox
Church says the main objective of Patriarch
Kirill of Moscow and All Russias visit to Turkey
is restoring relations with the Constantinople
Patriarchate and discussing moot points.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill wants this visit
to open a new page in relations with the
Constantinople Patriarchate. We need to give up
confrontation and conflicts and create a system
of mutual trust as the local Orthodox Churches
make one family, head of the Department for
External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of
Volokolamsk has told journalists on Wednesday
commenting on Patriarch Kirills meeting with
Turkish Ambassador in Russia Halil Akinci.
According to Archbishop Hilarion, future
relations of the two Churches should exclude a
situation similar to the one developed in Estonia
in 1996. The Archbishop noted, then
Constantinople unilaterally proclaimed its
jurisdiction and it resulted in a conflict
situation, which still remains unsettled.
We hope that Patriarchs of the two great
Churches in fraternal communication will find the
way to agree over the format of relations, format
that will exclude such misunderstanding and be
based on total mutual trust and fraternal love, Archbishop Hilarion said.
He also reminded that Patriarch Kirill had more
than once pointed out that victory in the
inter-Orthodox dialogue is impossible for only
one of its participants. According to the
Archbishop, such a dialogue should be aimed at
victory, at achieving the result acceptable for all.
Patriarch Kirill will go to Constantinople with
the warmest feelings and kind intentions. We hope
this visit will also help the Constantinople
Patriarch settle his inner problems and we expect
this visit to be a success, the Russian Church official said.
Patriarch Kirill plans to visit Turkey on July 4-6, 2009.