2007-05-29 15:36:00

Orthodox-Catholic consultations to be held in Moscow

Moscow, May 29, Interfax - President of the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CCEE) Peter Erdo is expected to arrive in Moscow on June 11 to participate in Orthodox-Catholic consultations.

An inter-confessional meeting will be held at the initiative of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations. The subject of the consultations is "Anthropological and ethical foundations of the ecclesiastical teaching on social organization, human rights and personal dignity," Interfax was told at the DECR on Tuesday.

The Russian Orthodox Church will be represented by the head of the department, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill, as well as employees of the Moscow Patriarchate DECR. From the Catholic Church's side, representatives of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will take part in the meeting.

This will be the first official visit by Cardinal Erdo as CCEE head after elections in October 2006 during the CCEE plenary assembly in St. Petersburg.

It is planned that the cardinal will visit the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, the Butovo testing ground, the Kremlin, and the Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Cardinal Erdo, archbishop of Estergom and Budapest, is also a primate of the Catholic Church of Hungary.

He recently proposed holding an annual Orthodox-Catholic forum on acute problems of modernity.

"Cooperation between Orthodox believers and Catholics in Europe is necessary to defend Christian values," the cardinal said at a press conference in Rome in early May.