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Russian Church hopes for Christian dialogue resulting from Pope's visit to Turkey

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=2331 04 December 2006, 10:36 Russian Church hopes for Christian dialogue resulting form Pope s visit to Turkey
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      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
      Catholic Christians.

      "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
      told Interfax.

      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.
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