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Putin welcomes ‘new dynamic’ in relationship between Catholic, Orthodox churches

August 24, 2017

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin welcomed a “constructive trust-based dialogue” between his government and the Holy See, as he met on August 23 with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State.

Putin also hailed a “new dynamic” in talks between the Vatican and the Patriarchate of Moscow. “We welcome this dialogue that has begun directly between the Holy See and the Russian Orthodox Church,” he said. He voiced his hope that ecumenical ties would continue to improve “in order to expand our cooperation and bring us even closer together.”

Putin, who has frequently identified himself as a Russian Orthodox believer, referred to the talks between “our churches” as he met with Cardinal Parolin. The Vatican leader had previously met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.

 
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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Aug. 25, 2017 3:13 AM ET USA

    And Ukraine and its Greek Catholic Church, a Church of Modern-Day Martyrs, whose bishops and priests were deported to Siberia, murdered, whose bodies littered the snow-covered train tracks, when they did not survive the trip, what happens to that Church and its concerns as we make nice with the ex-KGB Putin? The ROC hierarchs say they had to cooperate with Communism to save their Church. The UGCC hierarchs relied on God and braved the same system. Let their safety and concerns come first!