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Leading Orthodox prelate: Time is ripe for meeting between Pope, patriarch

August 25, 2010

Speaking at the annual Rimini meeting of the Communion and Liberation Movement, the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church said that “the time is ripe for a meeting” between Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. “It might even be possible in 2011; in principle I see no obstacles,” said Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk.

“We have been in dialogue with the Catholic Church for some time, at times with moments of exhilaration, at others with a fall in tensions,” he said. “Now we are in a moment of stability, but between us, we, the parties, are open to dialogue. I hope this atmosphere will continue.”


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