Pope Francis highly appreciated the level of relations with Russian Orthodox Church

02 May 2017

Pope Francis highly appreciated the state of relations between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, including the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), TASS reported on April 29.

"Relations with His Holiness Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia are good. We can draw a lot from the mystical tradition of the Orthodox and learn from them," said the pontifex, answering the TASS correspondent’s question about the state and prospects of the dialogue between the Churches.

At the end of April, the pontifex was invited to the International Conference on Peace, organized on the initiative of the largest Islamic university, Al-Azhar. Patriarch (Constantinople) Bartholomew, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church and other high-ranking religious hierarchs, including Muslims, took part in it.

The Pope also said that he welcomed Russia’s efforts to protect Christian minorities.

In addition, the pontifex is going to appoint a single date for the Christian Easter. It is not the first time when Francis has announced the idea of celebrating the Resurrection of Christ in the same day and it is included in his ecumenical doctrine. To date, because of the different mechanism for calculating the church calendars of both branches of Christianity, the dates of Easter may differ for a week and sometimes for a month.

Based on the TASS materials

Photo: Associated Press

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