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  • Russian Orthodox leadership proposes alliance with Catholics

    03/26/2011 4:26:43 AM PDT · by dangus
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | March 24/26, 2011 | Yelena Yakovleva, Rossiyskaya Gazeta
    The Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church should accept each other not as rivals, but first and foremost as allies, working to protect the rights of Christians, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the ROC’s Department for External Church Relations in a speech at an international meeting of Christians in Wurzburg, Germany. "The future of Christianity in the third millennium depends on the joint efforts of the Orthodox believers and Catholics,’’ Hilarion said. Bishop Hilarion later expanded on his statement: “The idea of a strategic alliance with the Catholics is an old idea of mine. It came...
  • CATHOLIC/ORTHODOX CAUCUS: Russian Icon of the Mother of God of Fatima

    01/02/2011 8:45:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | Dec. 23, 2010 | David Clayton
    Thursday, December 23, 2010 Russian Icon of the Mother of God of Fatima by David Clayton A reader sent to me an interesting article about the development of an icon of the Mother of God of Fatima, which I thought I would pass on to NLM readers. One inspiration for this image is one of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In order to accommodate the sensibilities of the Orthodox icon painter, Mary is shown pointing to the word 'Heart'. You can read more about it here.
  • Russian Orthodox patriarch praises Pope, rips Protestant compromises with secularism

    07/21/2010 2:33:45 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 29 replies
    News Russian Orthodox patriarch praises Pope, rips Protestant compromises with secularism July 21, 2010 Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, praised Pope Benedict and blasted Protestant bodies that have accepted women’s ordination and caved in to the secular culture on homosexuality. Noting that the Pope is criticized by “liberal theologians and liberal mass media in the West,” Patriarch Kirill said that “on many public and moral issues his approach fully coincides with the approach of the Russian Orthodox Church. This gives us an opportunity to advocate Christian values together with the Catholic...
  • Russian Orthodox and Polish Catholic churches eye major reconciliation

    06/26/2010 3:10:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Faith World ^ | Jun 25, 2010
    Russia’s Orthodox Church and Poland’s Roman Catholic Church have pledged to help their nations overcome a painful shared past and move towards reconciliation. The two churches, very influential in their own countries, agreed at a rare meeting of senior clergy to draw up a joint document that will express their Christian vision of how the two Slavic neighbours can come together. “The idea is to look at the history of our nations from our Churches’ point of view. During the history of our nations we have experienced glorious moments but also very painful ones,” Stanislaw Budzik, a Polish bishop, told...
  • 10 European States Join Italy to Defend Crucifix - Catholic and Orthodox Join in Alliance

    06/02/2010 10:54:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 343+ views
    Zenit ^ | 2010-06-01
    STRASBOURG, France, JUNE 1, 2010 ( The "crucifix trial" in the European Court of Human Rights has given rise to an unprecedented intervention of 10 member States as third parties. The European Centre for Law and Justice, which was also authorized to become a third party in the court hearing regarding the legitimacy of displaying crucifixes in Italian schools, reported today that ten other States will have this amicus curiae status in the "Lautsi vs. Italy" case. This case was referred to the Grand Chamber when the Italian government appealed a decision issued by the Second Section of the court...
  • New Hope in Europe – Holy Russia

    05/25/2010 6:44:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies · 333+ views
    The Anglo-Catholic ^ | 5/25/10 | Fr. Anthony Chadwick
    Getting away from some of our more parochial considerations of late, I am very excited by the new developing relationship between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church. A capital article is Sandro Magister’s A Holy Alliance between Rome and Moscow is Born. This is no “touchy-feely” ecumenism but hope for a dying Europe. The great ally for the new evangelisation of Europe is the Russian Orthodox Church. I note several things in the article before you go and read it for yourselves. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, said to the Pope: that the Catholic Church...
  • A Holy Alliance between Rome and Moscow Is Born

    05/24/2010 9:12:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 48 replies · 597+ views
    Chiesa Espresso ^ | ROME, May 24, 2010 | Sandro Magister
    A Holy Alliance between Rome and Moscow Is Born The common objective: the "new evangelization" of Europe. A delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church visits the Vatican, which publishes an anthology of the patriarch's writings. A meeting between Kirill and Benedict XVI keeps getting closer by Sandro Magister ROME, May 24, 2010 – Benedict XVI will soon create a new "pontifical council" expressly dedicated to the "new evangelization." Not for mission countries where the congregation "de propaganda fide" is already at work. But for the countries of ancient Christian tradition that are today in danger of losing the faith. Pope...
  • Musical notes: Vatican, Russian Orthodox try new path toward harmony

    05/21/2010 3:21:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 157+ views
    cns ^ | May 21, 2010 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI, seated next to Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, attends a concert at the Vatican May 20. The concert was a gift from Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The gentle notes of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" wafted through the Vatican audience hall and carried with them hopes for improved relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. After years of tense relations and painstaking theological dialogue, the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church are hoping music and art can create an atmosphere...
  • Meeting of pope, Russian patriarch increasingly possible, official says

    05/19/2010 3:02:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 418+ views
    cns ^ | May 19, 2010 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While a meeting between Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Benedict XVI has not been scheduled, the head of ecumenical relations for the Russian church hinted that the possibility of such a meeting is greater than ever. Metropolitian Hilarion of Volokolamsk, president of the Moscow Patriarchate's office for external relations, told reporters at the Vatican May 19 that a meeting "is a desire, it is a hope and we must work for it." He repeated the long-standing position of Russian Orthodox leaders that a pope-patriarch meeting could not be held as long as Catholic-Orthodox...
  • Vatican Publishes Book by Patriarch Kirill - Marks Growth in Catholic, Russian Orthodox Relations

    05/15/2010 7:48:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 131+ views
    Zenit ^ | ROME, MAY 14, 2010
    ROME, MAY 14, 2010 ( The Vatican Publishing House is publishing a book by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and of All Russia. This gesture follows a similar move of the Moscow Patriarchate, which last December published a book with texts from Benedict XVI regarding European culture. Now, the Italian-language book with addresses by the Russian Orthodox patriarch, titled "Liberta e Responsabilita alla Ricerca dell'Armonia" (Liberty and Responsibility in the Search of Harmony) will be officially presented on Monday at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan The work brings together the most important addresses on human rights given...
  • Russian Orthodox archbishop to promote culture, spirituality at Vatican

    05/07/2010 9:15:10 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 135+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Vatican City, May 7, 2010 Russian Orthodox archbishop to promote culture, spirituality at Vatican Vatican City, May 7, 2010 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation from the Patriarchate of Moscow will be at the Vatican later this month to promote Russian culture and spirituality. Initiatives during the two day event include meetings, a symposium and a concert for Pope Benedict XVI.The “Days of Russian Culture and Spirituality in the Vatican” will be held from May 19 – 20.President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, presented the program at the Holy See on Friday together with a representative from the...
  • Orthodox Metropolitan Filaret: It's Time to Take a Step Toward Unity

    05/07/2010 3:13:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies · 698+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | May 6, 2010 | Jesús Colina
    VATICAN CITY  (  - The time is now for the Orthodox and Catholic Churches to take a step toward unity, and for Benedict XVI and the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow to meet, says the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus.Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Sluck said this Tuesday at the international conference held in Rome on "The Poor Are the Precious Treasure of the Church: Orthodox and Catholics Together on the Path of Charity." During the conference, which was promoted by the Sant'Egidio Community, participants reflected on the reception of the most frail in our societies, the testimony of the Fathers of...
  • "The Pope Is the First Among the Patriarchs." Just How Remains to Be Seen

    01/25/2010 1:20:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies · 503+ views
    Chiesa online ^ | 1/25/10 | Sandro Magister
    With Benedict XVI, for the first time in history, the Orthodox have agreed to discuss the primacy of the bishop of Rome, according to the model of the first millennium, when the Church was undivided. Never before seen: the outline of the dialogueROME, January 25, 2010 – This evening, with vespers in the basilica of Saint Paul's Outside the Walls, Benedict XVI is closing the week of prayer for Christian unity. There are some who say that ecumenism has entered a phase of retreat and chill. But as soon as one that looks to the East, the facts say the...
  • Moscow Patriarchate supports position of Pope Benedict XVI rejecting condoms

    03/20/2009 10:20:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 303+ views ^ | 20 March 2009
    Moscow, March 20, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church supports the position of Pope Benedict XVI rejecting condoms including in order to prevent HIV infection. "It is incorrect to consider condoms as a panacea for AIDS," the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told a round table in Moscow on Friday, commenting on the international row concerned with the pope's statement in Africa. AIDS can be prevented not by contraceptives but by education and a righteous life, the priest said.
  • Ecumenical unity among the Vatican and Russia Orthodox may lead ... (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    12/13/2009 7:05:06 PM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies · 509+ views
    The Vatican and the Russian Orthodox are looking towards more ecumenical cooperation to reverse what they consider to be the tide of secularism in Europe: VATICAN LETTER Dec-11-2009Ecumenical allies? Orthodox, Catholics take aim at European secularismBy John ThavisCatholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) — For years, the Vatican has suggested that a promising area of ecumenical cooperation was a joint struggle by Christian churches against the moral and social challenges posed by a predominantly secular society.Now the Russian Orthodox Church has come forward to propose a strategic alliance with the Catholic Church aimed, in effect, at saving Europe’s soul from “Western...
  • For Rome and Moscow, It's Spring Again

    12/11/2009 8:11:09 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 417+ views ^ | ROME, December 11, 2009 | Sandro Magister
    For the first time, the Russian Orthodox Church publishes a book with texts by a pope. The author is Benedict XVI. The topic is Europe. The objective is a holy alliance in defense of the Christian tradition ROME, December 11, 2009 – In a terse statement two days ago, Russia and the Church of Rome announced "the establishment of diplomatic relations between them, at the level of apostolic nunciature on the part of the Holy See, and of embassy on the part of the Russian Federation." Six days earlier, on December 3, Pope Benedict XVI had received in audience Dmitri...
  • Russia and the Vatican establish full diplomatic ties (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    12/04/2009 4:59:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 292+ views
    Spero News ^ | 12/3/2009
    Vatican City – The Vatican and Russia agreed Thursday to establish 'full diplomatic relations’. The announcement follows a meeting between Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Exceptionally, Medvedev had previously met Card Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, and Mgr Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States. The Russian president was accompanied by a large delegation that included Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov. The announcement concludes a long process that began with Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit on 1 December 1989 to Pope John Paul II. On that historic occasion, the two leaders decided to start relations between...
  • From Russia With Love: Patriarch Kyril Publishes Pope Benedict's Speeches

    12/03/2009 8:22:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 228+ views
    This is a hopeful sign! I'm not sure exactly what it portends, but it's cause for hope. Evidence of "possible cooperation" between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church continues between Rome and Moscow. And the playing filed on which they meet remains the struggle for the affirmation of the Christian roots of Europe "threatened by secularism. The latest episode that gives hope for a real climate of greater proximity between the two Churches, is the presentation (today in Rome) of "Europe Spiritual Homeland", a bilingual volume in Italian and Russian collecting the speeches that Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI...
  • Russian Patriarch protests court ruling to ban cross from Italian schools

    11/26/2009 8:12:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 692+ views ^ | 26 November 2009
    Moscow, November 26, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has supported Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's opposition to the idea of banning crucifixes from Italian public schools. "Italy and other European countries' Christian heritage must not be a subject of scrutiny at European rights agencies," Patriarch Kirill said in a letter to Berlusconi, posted on the Moscow Patriarchate's official website. Patriarch Kirill was commenting on a ruling, passed by the European Court of Human Rights on November 3, on a lawsuit, filed by an Italian mother, who claimed that crucifixes at public schools is a violation of...
  • Russian Orthodox wants joint traditional front with Catholics

    11/16/2009 11:46:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies · 673+ views
    Reuters Blogs ^ | November 16th, 2009 | Posted by: Tom Heneghan
    Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev, the Russian Orthodox Church’s top official for relations with other churches, has been busy this past week putting his revived church’s stamp on the world Christian scene. Over the weekend, he urged Catholics and Orthodox to join forces to defend their traditional version of Christianity. His comments, made during a visit to Paris to inaugurate his Church’s first seminary outside of Russia, come only days after positive remarks he made last week about how the Vatican and Moscow were slowly moving towards a meeting between Moscow’s Patriarch Kirill and Pope Benedict. Also last week, Hilarion indicated the...

    09/21/2009 4:13:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 552+ views
    zna ^ | September 21, 2009
    ROME, SEPT. 21, 2009 ( Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev says there are so many reasons for Catholics and Orthodox to cooperate in our de-Christianized world that it is time to move past divisions and competition and exist in solidarity and mutual love. The archbishop affirmed this after he met in the Vatican on Friday with Benedict XVI and on Thursday with Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The cardinal invited the archbishop, who since March has been the chairman of the Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate. Archbishop Alfeyev was already...
  • More on Catholic-Orthodox Unity

    09/22/2009 3:28:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 416+ views
    ncr ^ | September 22, 2009 | TOM MCFEELY
    St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. Zenit yesterday published a pair of articles that provide corroboration of Daily Blog entries posted last week by Edward Pentin here and here, indicating progress on the road to unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. One of the Zenit articles is an analysis by Robert Moynihan of Orthodox Archbishop HilarionÂ’s visit to Rome. Moynihan highlights the significance of the meeting that took place Sept. 18 between Archbishop Hilarion, who is chairman of the Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate, and Pope Benedict XVI . Writes Moynihan, On Sept. 18, inside Castel Gandolfo,...

    09/22/2009 3:41:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 2,024+ views
    zna ^ | September 21, 2009 | Robert Moynihan
    WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 21, 2009 ( Sometimes there are no fireworks. Turning points can pass in silence, almost unobserved. It may be that way with the "Great Schism," the most serious division in the history of the Church. The end of the schism may come more quickly and more unexpectedly than most imagine. On Sept. 18, inside Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer palace about 30 miles outside Rome, a Russian Orthodox Archbishop named Hilarion Alfeyev, 43 (a scholar, theologian, expert on the liturgy, composer and lover of music), met with Benedict XVI, 82 (also a scholar, theologian, expert on the...
  • Summorum Pontificum and reunion with the Eastern Orthodox

    09/23/2009 5:18:33 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 49 replies · 996+ views ^ | 9/23/09 | Brian Kopp
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Summorum Pontificum and reunion with the Eastern OrthodoxBy Brian Kopp A tantalizing headline is making its rounds in Catholic news circles: Is Catholic-Orthodox Unity in Sight? In his Inside the Vatican Newsflash Letter #29 today, Dr. Robert Moynihan examines the implications of recent meetings between Rome and a representative of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow: A fourth consideration is the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church to the world's Orthodox Churches. It became clear last week, during a very cordial visit to Rome by a representative of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, that relations between Catholicism...
  • Catholic-Orthodox (Pipe)Dream? (Archbishop Hilarion Expounds on Roman-Russian Unity)

    10/14/2009 4:00:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 649+ views
    NC Register ^ | October 14, 2009 | EDWARD PENTIN
    Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk is a rising star in the Russian Orthodox Church. Only 43 and an accomplished scholar, liturgist and composer, earlier this year he was appointed head of the Church’s external relations (effectively their foreign minister), replacing Metropolitan Kirill, who was elected Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox in January. In mid-September, Archbishop Hilarion made his first visit to Rome in his new capacity. In an extensive e-mail interview Oct. 5, the archbishop discusses that visit, recent speculation that Catholic-Orthodox union could be imminent, and the challenges in furthering the current dialogue. How happy have you been with...
  • Meeting possible between Pope, Patriarch Kirill - Archbishop Hilarion

    11/12/2009 7:59:45 PM PST · by Petrosius · 7 replies · 340+ views
    Interfax ^ | 12 November 2009
    12 November 2009, 12:23Meeting possible between Pope, Patriarch Kirill - Archbishop Hilarion Moscow, November 12, Interfax - Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches are improving and a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, may be on the cards, a Russian Orthodox bishop said. "Today it can be said that we are moving to a moment when it becomes possible to prepare a meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow," Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Department for External Church Relations, told reporters in Moscow. "There...