Roman – Russian Church Ties Mending: Russian Catholic Bishop to Kirill of Smolensk

MOSCOW ( — The leader of the Catholic Archdiocese in Moscow said he is hopeful about relations with the Orthodox.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God, said this on Monday in a letter to Orthodox Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, president of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, on the occasion of the metropolitan’s 60th birthday.

The Catholic prelate said that the respect shown to the “little flock” of Russian Catholics during a recent meeting between the two Churches reinforced his certainty that existing differences and problems in the relationship between Catholics and Orthodox will be resolved and left behind.

“Henceforth we look forward to a fruitful collaboration for the common good,” said Archbishop Kondrusiewicz in the text.

“Our communication over the span of these 15 years, despite the difficult context in which it has taken place, has always shown me the need for continuous development and consolidation of the relationship between Catholics and Orthodox, between brothers in Christ, close above all in the faith, in the sacraments, in the liturgy, in the apostolic heritage and in that love that is called to be authentic witness for the whole world,” he added.