01 July 2008, 14:58
Archbishop Pezzi believes in Benedict XVI's meeting with Alexy II but doubts it'll be in Moscow
Rome, July 1, Interfax - Head of the Catholic Archdiocese in Moscow Paolo Pezzi assures that Pope Benedict XVI of Rome and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will meet, but doesn't specify when.
"The pope and the patriarch will meet, I'm sure. The atmosphere is changing," Pezzi stated in his interview to the Giornale Italian paper quoted in Russian by the Vatican Radio website.
However, according to him, Benedict XVI's visit to Moscow is "less important than his meeting with the patriarch."
"To begin with it's necessary to provide conditions for their meeting. Alexy II's recent visit to Paris was important from this perspective," the archbishop said.
He believes that difficulties impeding the meeting are "superable" and notes, "Neither the pope nor Alexy II wants this meeting to become the even of the century at all costs." Their meeting should become "a step to plenitude of communication" between the two Churches, Pezzi says.
The archbishop sees "good signs" in the dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church and points out that he was invited as the Catholic Archdiocese head in Moscow to patriarchal Christmas and Easter services.
According to Pezzi, Alexy II told him "we should go on meeting and working together for the welfare of God's people." "In short, there is new cordiality, there is willingness," the archbishop supposes.