19 May 2010Metropolitan Hilarion hopes that the meeting between Moscow Patriarch
and Pope will happen during the tenure of current Primates
Moscow, May 19, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has once again
indicated that the meeting between Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
and Pope may be possible only upon eliminating contradictions in the
"My idea is that this meeting should be held between Kirill and
Benedict XVI in particular, rather than some patriarch and some
pope," head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church
Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said Wednesday at a
press conference on the days of Russian culture in Vatican, Russia-24
Meanwhile Metropolitan Hilarion admitted that there were outstanding
problems of interchurch relation, in particular, the issue of
Greek-Catholics in Western Ukraine.
According to him, however, the dialogue between the Churches
continues. "People and times have changed," Metropolitan added.
A concert of Russian Orthodox music will be held in the Vatican's
Paul VI Audience Hall on May 20.
The idea for the project appeared last autumn. On September 18
Metropolitan Hilarion had a meeting with the Pope. The two sides
stressed the special significance of cultural ties between Catholics
and Orthodox Christians in preserving traditional Christian values.
At the same meeting it was decided to hold Days of Russian Spiritual
Culture in Rome in spring 2010. The Thursday concert will be the
central event of the days.