2017-08-22 17:38:00

New stage begins in Russian Church-Vatican relationship - Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, August 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches have taken their relationship to a new level, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.

"A new stage has begun in the development of our relations, full of very important events. It became possible because in Havana [at a meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis] we coordinated our positions on very important problems of the present day," the patriarch said at a meeting with the Vatican's Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on Tuesday.

"The commonality of our positions allows us to build relevant plans and fill these plans with real substance," Patriarch Kirill said.

The most significant event since the Havana meeting was the bringing of the holy relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker to Russia, the patriarch said.

Cardinal Parolin concurred with him. The Havana meeting gave a fresh impetus to ties between the two Churches, he said.

It is hoped this visit to Russia will become "a tiny little brick" in building new relations, the cardinal said.