15 June 2007, 15:06
Catholic archbishop of Moscow refuses to comment on possible meeting between Benedict XVI, Alexy II
Moscow, June 15, Interfax - Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Moscow, has refused to offer any forecasts regarding a possible meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said on Thursday that such a meeting could take place within the next year.
"It is difficult for me to say whether such a meeting is possible within a year or not. If Cardinal Kasper says so, he knows better," Kondrusiewicz told Interfax on Friday.
"In any case, the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue is developing and strengthening," the archbishop said.
"Moscow is currently hosting consultations involving representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church," he added.
"Everyone agrees that our churches are offering the most adequate responses to all challenges facing the modern world. Our positions are similar," Kondrusiewicz said.
"It is hard to say when a meeting of the pontiff and the patriarch could be held. But it is obvious that we are getting closer to such a meeting," he said.