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    Russian Orthodox patriarch talks of a meeting with pope By Stephen Castle and Ian Fisher Monday, October 1, 2007 PARIS: The slow rapprochement between the
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      Russian Orthodox patriarch talks of a meeting with pope
      By Stephen Castle and Ian Fisher
      Monday, October 1, 2007

      PARIS: The slow rapprochement between the RussianOrthodox Church and the Vatican - separated foralmost a thousand years - gathered momentumMonday as Russia's spiritual leader called for analliance to promote Christian social values.At the start of a visit to France, PatriarchAlexy II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church,also predicted that a meeting with the pope mighttake place within two years.

      The two churchesmust cooperate to combat the rise of same sexmarriages and "propaganda in favor of euthanasiaand abortion," the patriarch said in an interviewwith the daily Le Figaro, adding that he had "thesame approach" to Europe's lack of spiritual values as Pope Benedict XVI.

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      "That's an important step forward," Robersonsaid. "They have never been saying that. Theyhave been saying we can't meet until we haveprogress on those certain issues. So if he'stalking about a meeting in a certain period oftime, that is something that is quite new."Like his predecessor, Benedict has made a closerunion with the world's Orthodox, themselvesdivided into 14 self-ruling churches, a centralgoal of his papacy.

      His first trip outside ofRome was to Bari, in southern Italy, a cityimportant to Orthodox and Catholic alike and soconsidered a bridge between them, and talksbetween theological experts on both sidesrestarted last year after six years of dormancy.Ian Fisher reported from Rome and MichaelSchwirtz contributed reporting from Moscow.

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