Alexy II: Talks with Pope possible after rifts...
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07:32 GMT, Apr 03, 2007 _Latest Headlines..._
Talks with Pope possible after rifts with Vatican healed - Alexy II
MOSCOW. April 3 (Interfax) - Orthodox believers and Catholics share
many positions and a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in the future should
not be ruled out, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia said.
" I have not lost hope that relations between our churches will
improve. I welcome Pope Benedict's statements about the desire to
promote relations with the Orthodox Church made on any occasions
following his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church," Alexy II
said in an interview published by the Izvestia newspaper on Thursday.
We have a common position "on many problems facing the world today.
We can and must speak jointly to the world about Christian values. But
prior to this, we must resolve problems that exist between us. This, I
hope, will open the door to a meeting between the leaders of the two
churches," he said.
A meeting with the late Pope John Paul II was due to be held in
1997 in Graz, Austria, at which a joint statement was to be signed
"condemning proselytism and rejecting the Uniate church as a way towards
the churches' unification."
"The Catholic side's abrupt renunciation of these provisions made
the meeting senseless," Alexy II said.
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