» 05/30/2008, 00.00
RUSSIA – VATICAN
Pope writes Aleksij II who still says no to Ravenna
Cardinal Kasper handed Aleksij II a message in which the Pope expressed his esteem and gratitude to the Russian Patriarch. According to the Vatican the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere; invariably though the Patriarchate highlighted all the unsolved problems that come between the two Churches like the Uniate Church, Catholic orphanages and the Ravenna Statement.
Ecumenism “is not an option but a sacred duty,” says Pope
Centred on the relations with other Christians, Benedict XVI and the cardinals come together on the eve of the consistory in a “meeting for prayer and reflection.” Cardinal Kasper presents a report in which he calls the Ravenna meeting in which the Orthodox recognised the Church’s universal level and the primacy of the bishop of Rome an “important step.”
22/06/2005 RUSSIA - VATICAN
Cardinal Kasper in Moscow: we want to deepen Orthodox-Catholic dialogue
In Moscow for a visit, the President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity announced the resumption of Orthodox-Catholic theological dialogue and other "small steps" of collaboration.
Moscow Patriarchate to “monitor” Catholic orphanages
The decision comes at the end of a meeting by a joint working group on problems between the two Churches. The Patriarchate wants to keep an eye on Orthodox children who live in Catholic institutions. This however has been the rule for years. Once again silence prevails on other, more important issues.
Bartholomew invited by the pope to participate in the synod of bishops
In the "spirit of Ravenna", the ecumenical patriarch will take part in the meeting of the world's Catholic bishops, scheduled to take place in October on the theme "The word of God in the life and mission of the Church".
Pope and Patriarch: onwards towards full unity
The feast of St Andrew was the occasion for Bartholomew and Benedict XVI to reaffirm that there is no going back on the ecumenical journey. According to a member of the Mixed Commission, Moscow’s decision to leave Ravenna was not shared by all Russians and has its origins in the battle for succession.
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