I don't know if any of you are familiar with the novel “Pierced by a Sword”. I read it some years ago. I won't get into the overall plot, I just want to quote 2 sections. On p. 94,
Within two months of becoming pope, Angus had the Catholic world distracted by his controversial appointments to various positions within the Vatican. Secretly, Angus was up to his old tricks. In a view he kept to himself, he saw the millennial long Schism between the Roman and Eastern Churches as a problem as scandalous as the Irish Troubles, only writ large. He began to disappear for days at a time, sometimes in disguise. He started using his tremendous language skills to “attack” the leaders of the Eastern Orthodox churches.
He began sending letter, notes, and gifts. He scheduled informal, secret meetings. The new pope saw nothing wrong with calling Eastern leaders for advice, which he found helpful and they found refreshing.
A simple form letter to his Carmelite Army, laser printed on handsome papal stationery, quickly deployed prayer troopers in cloistered battlefronts. He thought peace would take years, even decades, but found his entreaties well received from the get go.
Pope Patrick was just doing his job.
The Eastern Orthodox are mentioned again on pp. 186-187, in a newspaper article about the supposed death of said pope:
Luigi Cardinal Casino said in a press conference held in the Vatican several hours after the tragedy that Pope Patrick, formerly Angus Cardinal O'Hara of Dublin, was an exceptionally gifted leader during his eighteen month reign. He noted that the Vatican would cooperate in the international manhunt to find the pope's killers, and vowed to continue Pope Patrick's work to reunite the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Sources within the Vatican report that Cardinal Casino is the most likely replacement for Pope Patrick, and is highly respected in both secular and religious circles.
Observers say that the controversial “Byzantine Protocol”, a formal agreement to reunite the churches for the first time since 1054 A.D., was within months of completion. Casino, fighting back tears, had no comment when asked whether the Byzantine Protocol negotiations would continue on schedule.