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    » 04/16/2007, 00.00

    RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Best wishes and “esteem” expressed by the Russian Orthodox Church for Pope

    Maria Anikina

    In his message for t Benedict XVI’s 80th birthday, Patriarch Alexi II praises the pontiff’s defence of Christian values, “the solid base on which collaboration between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church can be built. Msgr. Kondrusiewicz underscores the Pope’s theological depth and the clarity of his positions, who is “seriously” committed to ecumenical dialogue. In Rome Catholics and Orthodox prayed “for the Pope and Christian unity”.

    Moscow (AsiaNews) – The Pope’s “courage” and dedication in denouncing the evil of our times, by inviting all Christians to be true witnesses of Christ, our salvation is just one of the aspects of Benedict XVI’s pontificate which Russian Catholics and Orthodox both underlined in their birthday greetings to the Pontiff. 

    Patriarch Alexi II of Moscow and All Russia greeted Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of his 80th birthday and wished him good health, many years of life, and God’s help in his spiritual ministry.   “I express my special admiration – writes the Patriarch - of your life that has wholly been dedicated to the church ministry, and which has brought you to the head of the Roman Catholic Church”. Alexi II defines the Pontiff “a famous theologian fully dedicated to defending and affirming of traditional Christian values”, in modern society. “It should become a solid basis for good relations and mutually beneficial cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church,” concludes the Patriarch.

    In expressing his wishes to the Pope Fr. Igor Vyzhanov, secretary for Christian affaire at the Moscow Patriarchate, reiterated the “esteem” in which Benedict XVI is held in the Orthodox Church, as well as the appreciation for his dedication to the progress of ecumenism.  Catholic and Russian Orthodox faithful gathered to pray today “for the Pope and Christian unity” along with religious representatives from the two communities at the catacombs of St Pancreas. 

    Msgr. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, catholic archbishop of the Mother of God Cathedral Moscow, confirms the “Pope’s sincere desire to dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian society as a whole”.  In his birthday greeting to Benedict XVI, he underlines the Popes “theological depth” and expresses his appreciation of the Pope’s “clear position regarding the delicate themes of today’s world”.  “At the centre of his theology – he continues - there is Christ as the only Savoir of the human being to whom man has always to appeal. On the base of His teaching we have to create the future of Europe overfull with secularism, moral relativism and denying of the Christian roots”.

     

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    12/03/2007 RUSSIA - VATICAN
    Putin-Pope, for the Moscow Patriarchate “only a state visit”
    Tomorrow the Russian President will make his first visit to Benedict; officials of the Russian Orthodox Church underline that it is “only a meeting between two heads of state”. However the Nuncio to the Russian Federation speaks of “ecumenical progress”.

    13/03/2007 VATICAN - RUSSIA
    The Middle East and extremism, but also ecumenism, in talks between Putin and Pope
    A Vatican statement tells of a “very positive atmosphere” and “cordial relations”. Putin referred greetings from Alexi II, the Pope in turn sent his greetings to the Patriarch. Moscow Patriarchate sources tended to exclude that Benedict XVI and the Russian President would have touched on questions linked to relations between Catholics and Orthodox in Moscow.

    17/08/2004 RUSSIA - VATICAN
    Our Lady of Kazan: artefact of history and object of faith for the Russian people


    29/01/2009 VATICAN - RUSSIA
    Pope: continuing dialogue with Russian Orthodox essential
    Receiving the bishops of Russia, Benedict XVI renews his good wishes for Kirill. In spite of the difficulties, the encounters must move forward, because it is important for Christians to face together the serious cultural and ethical challenges of the present time, like the dignity of the person and defense of life and of the family.

    28/01/2009 VATICAN - RUSSIA
    Pope: joy over election of Kirill as patriarch of Moscow
    In a note, the pontifical council for the promotion of Christian unity stresses the "fraternal relations" with the new patriarch, and recalls the meetings between Kirill and Benedict XVI. From Moscow, Archbishop Pezzi speaks of "fraternal understanding."



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