Moscow Patriarchate points to positive shifts in relations with the Vatican
03 July 2006, 09:59 Moscow Patriarchate points to positive shifts in relations with the Vatican
Moscow, July 3, Interfax - The positive changes that have taken place recently in relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches are conditioned in the first place by the need of common efforts in solving ethical problems, Metropolitan Kirill, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church relations, believes.
'The Orthodox and Catholic Churches have the same vision of problems facing the world today. Moreover, our two Churches advocate the same ethical norms. Therefore, we cannot but unite our efforts', he said in an interview to Interfax.
He welcomed the recently shown willingness of the Catholic community in Russia to work together with the Moscow Patriarchate for 'asserting moral values', especially Bishop Vert's support for the army chaplaincy and Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz's support for the teaching of Basic Orthodox Culture in schools.
'Though Catholics are a small flock in Russia, their attitude to the Russian Orthodox Church is decisive in many ways in assessing the position of the entire Roman Catholic Church', His Eminence Kirill said.
See the full text of Metropolitan Kirill's interview under the Exclusive heading. http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=interview&div=32
03 July 2006, 12:15
Progress seen in Orthodox-Catholic relations - Cardinal Kasper
Moscow, July 3, Interfax - Progress has been made in advancing the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue said Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and leader of the Catholic delegation to the Moscow World Religious Summit.
Cardinal Kasper told Interfax in Moscow that there were apparent historical aspects that divide the two religions, but he noted that mutual efforts were being made to overcome these problems.
Both churches have quite a few things in common, he continued. The two churches share and recognize each other's sacraments, they share the Holy Tradition and have many common saints, he said.
Cardinal Kasper said he was convinced that the Orthodox and Catholic churches must be together and jointly deal with present-day challenges in the secular world, as well as challenges from other religions in an inter-religious dialogue.
Among the indirect signs of positive change in relations between the two churches is the Vatican's decision to send a representative delegation to the World Religious Summit opening in Moscow on Monday, he said.
Cardinal Kasper also said he hopped a bilateral meeting with representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate would be organized to discuss the current problems in relations between the two churches, including with head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad.
See the full text of the interview under the Exclusive heading. http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=interview&div=33
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