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Vatican cardinal sees strict conditions for ‘summit meeting’ with Russian Patriarch

August 12, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Kurt Koch, the prefect of the Dicastery for Christian Unity, says that Pope Francis should meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill only if they can agree to conditions that show mutual respect.

The cardinal’s caution about prospects for a “summit meeting” reflect the Vatican’s concern about the Russian Patriarch’s public support for the Russian war in Ukraine. Cardinal Koch says that if the two could join in a plea for peace, a meeting would be amply justified. However, he also suggests that the Pope should visit Ukraine before a meeting with Kirill.

Cardinal Koch said that he would not support calls to bar the Russian Orthodox Church from participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC). He said that would likely discuss the war in Ukraine, exposing serious disagreements, but it would be better to remain in dialogue.

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