The head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with two Catholic priests on December 2 and expressed appreciation for the work of the Catholic Church in Italy.
Patriarch Kirill told the prior and administrator of Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari that “Bari is a sacred place for Orthodox Christians like Mount Athos or holy sites in Palestine” and that “theologians discussing theological issues sitting at the table is one thing, but people contacting our brothers in the West, moreover at the holy site, is quite another matter. It is very important not only maintain our relations on theological level, but also to feel one another in our hearts.”
“The success of your mission among the Italians is important not only for them,” he continued. “It is very important for the development and strengthening of relations between our Churches. Therefore we appreciate that the Catholic Church is upholding the same Gospel values as the Russian Orthodox Church.”
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