Russian Church hopes for Christian dialogue resulting from Pope's visit to Turkey
04 December 2006, 10:36
Russian Church hopes for Christian dialogue resulting form Pope's
visit to Turkey
Moscow, December 4, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has stressed
the importance of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey and voiced
hope that it will promote a true dialogue between Orthodox and
"The visit of the Pope to Turkey that ended on Friday is indisputably
important for the mutual understanding of Christians and Muslims, for
the development of Turkey's relations with Western Europe, for the
Orthodox-Catholic dialogue," deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate
department for external church relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin
He said that despite the tough actions of radicals the majority of
Turkish Muslims and their spiritual leaders viewed the visit favorably.
Father Vsevolod also spoke of the importance of the meeting of the
Pope and the head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, "one of the few but
one of the most famous and historically important Orthodox Churches."
Speaking of the joint declaration of Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew, Pope Benedict XVI he said the document contains "many
correct thoughts about the development of the dialogue and
cooperation between Orthodox and Catholic Christians."
"I hope they will be specified in the process of relations between
the Roman Catholic Church with each of the local Orthodox Churches," he said.