Russian Catholic, Moscow Patriarchate Bishop Hold First Meeting

Moscow (AsiaNews) – A meeting of “great importance” took place between the Russian Catholic and Orthodox Churches at the Moscow Patriarchate on 8 November. It was described in these terms by one of the protagonists, Mgr Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Archbishop of the Mother of God, who talked about a “new climate” in ties between the two Churches. He told AsiaNews about the significance of his audience with Metropolitan Kirill, Chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow.

Kondrusiewicz said: “For years, I had been asking to be received by the Metropolitan but I only managed to meet him on external occasions.” The meeting, described by both parties as “cordial and sincere” focused on two issues: confirming the shared positions of the two Churches about the “challenges of modernity”, chiefly secularization of the modern world, and problems linked to the activities of the Catholic Church in the country, especially the running of orphanages.