Catholic / Orthodox Relations
Benedict XVI Reportedly Wants to Meet Alexy II
ZENIT, 10/18/2005
Russsia - Benedict XVI wants to meet with the Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, according to the Catholic archbishop in the Russian capital.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz revealed that news today in a
meeting with journalists reporting on the Synod of Bishops.

But he acknowledged that he has no information about possible
preparations for such a meeting.

"Let's pray that the meeting between the Pope and Alexy II will take
place soon," said Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, 59. "This event will
allow us to turn the page on the past and to open a new era of
relations between the two Churches."

The archbishop explained that the idea of Cardinal Walter Kasper,
president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, to
hold a synod between Catholic and Orthodox bishops, is shared by the
Holy Father, who in turn has received the support of the Moscow

"It is no longer the time to throw stones at one another, but to pick
them up," said Archbishop Kondrusiewicz. "We must pray to God so that
the dates of such a synod can be established, and we can try to be
good servants of the Holy Spirit."