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Vatican's top ecumenist heads to Moscow for meeting with Orthodox Patriarch

March 11, 2011

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the new president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, travels to Moscow this weekend for his first meeting with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Cardinal Koch will meet with Patriarch Kirill, who was the chief ecumenical spokesman for the Moscow patriarchate prior to his election in January 2009 as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Their meeting follows just after a visit to the Vatican by Russia’s President Dimitri Medvedev, which had prompted speculation that the Russian leader might carry an informal message from the Moscow patriarchate.


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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Mar. 11, 2011 9:31 PM ET USA

    What good will it do? We've danced this dance before and it's never ended well! As long as the Patriarchs and Hierarchs of that Church feel the forced dissolution of the Ukrainian Catholic Church by the KGB in Stalin's era was "theologically defensible" and claim almost all of Eastern Europe as their "canonical territory" so that any Catholic activity is "impermissible prostelytism," there is really not much to talk about nor much room for agreement. Sell the airline tickets and feed the poor!