- Created on 12 November 2009
CWNews.com - A leading Russian Orthodox official says that relations with the Catholic Church have improved under Pope Benedict’s papacy and that a meeting between the Pontiff and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill is possible.
“Today it can be said that we are moving to a moment when it becomes possible to prepare a meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow,” said Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations. “There are no specific plans for the venue or timing of such a meeting but on both sides there is a desire to prepare it.”
Archbishop Hilarion added that Pope Benedict is a “very reserved, traditional man who does not seek the expansion of the Catholic Church to traditionally Orthodox regions.”
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