Friday, February 5, 2016

Francis and Kirill to meet

I only wish it were someone other than Francis representing Catholicism at this undoubtedly historic meeting.  But maybe God can bring good out of this, writing straight with the crooked lines of our current Pope.

Either way, the meeting is certainly unprecedented.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba.
The meeting between heads the two major Christian churches would be an unprecedented move to mend a millennium-long rift between the Western and Eastern branches of the religion, which started with the Great Schism of 1054.
Persecution of Christians in the modern world is the main issue for the two leaders to discuss, the Russian Orthodox Church said. Christians are among the minorities suffering at the hands of groups adhering to radical Islamist ideology in places like Iraq, Syria and Somalia

Read the whole article here.


Anonymous said...

"Counterpart" my ass.

Other than others have commented elsewhere on the internet...maybe the schismatic leader will demand the Consecration of Russia.

Aged parent said...

One interesting thing about this is the joint press release issued by Rome and Moscow. It contains the usual diplomatic niceties but it also has an interesting statement to the effect that "all people of good will should pray" for the meeting to bear fruit. In today's climate that is a very astounding thing to say.

As I wrote I wish it were someone other than Francis representing the Church but maybe God has his reasons. I don't know.

These initiatives, like recognizing Palestine as a state and now the important meeting between Moscow and Rome, were not in any case initiated by Francis. It was previous Popes who began these projects which finally came to fruition under this bizarre Pope we now have. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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