Metropolitan Kirill Stmt

MOSCOW. Oct 4 (Interfax) - Relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican deteriorated to such an extent in recent years that the two churches nearly severed ties, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s external relations, told a session of the Pontifical Assembly on Monday.

“In the period between the last assembly and the current one (since August 2000), relations with the Roman-Catholic Church, which have always been characterized by quite a large number of problems, underwent such serious trials that they were on the verge of their breakup on a number of occasions,” the metropolitan said.

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[quote=HagiaSophia]MOSCOW. Oct 4 (Interfax) - Relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican deteriorated to such an extent in recent years that the two churches nearly severed ties, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s external relations, told a session of the Pontifical Assembly on Monday.

“In the period between the last assembly and the current one (since August 2000), relations with the Roman-Catholic Church, which have always been characterized by quite a large number of problems, underwent such serious trials that they were on the verge of their breakup on a number of occasions,” the metropolitan said.

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Have they improved since the Pope returned their icon?

[quote=Lance]Have they improved since the Pope returned their icon?
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I don’t think there has been any “improvement” due to Alexei but Kaspar and the Ecumenical wing certainy do continue “talking”.

this from today’s wire:

Oct 7 2004 3:12PM

Positive changes occurring in dialogue with Vatican - Russian church

MOSCOW. Oct 7 (Interfax) - The Russian Orthodox Church has been noticing positive changes recently in its dialogue with the Vatican.

“The progress is that both parties agree that problems [in bilateral relations] do exist, but they are not far-fetched. A discussion of these problems has begun,” Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill, head of the Church External Relations Department at the Moscow Patriarchate, told a Thursday press conference in Moscow in comments on the results of the recent Bishops’ Council.

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