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Russian Orthodox leader pays tribute to Pope Francis

March 17, 2014

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church paid tribute to Pope Francis in a statement issued on the first anniversary of his election.

“The first year of your tenure as pontiff was marked with high hopes and important initiatives in the Roman Catholic Church,” said Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, according to the Interfax news agency. “The wish of Your Holiness to make the presence of evangelical ideals in the life of modern society is already bearing good fruit.”

“The bilateral relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches continued developing last year,” he added. “It is with satisfaction that I am pointing out the high degree of mutual understanding and the wish of both parties to strengthen Orthodox-Catholic cooperation in the name of establishing Christian spiritual and moral values in the modern world, protection of the oppressed, and service to people.”


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