On March 3, 2022, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, Archbishop Giovanni D’Agnello, at the Patriarchal Residence at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow, reports the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Addressing the guest with words of greeting, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted that the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church play an important role in world Christianity and the good relations that have developed between them open up prospects for cooperation in many areas.
His Holiness also stated that Pope Francis “makes an important contribution to the creation of peace and justice among people.” “I keep a very good memory of our personal meeting, which undoubtedly opened a new page in the history of our relations. We in the Russian Orthodox Church greatly appreciate that such a new page has opened,” Patriarch Kirill stated.
He pointed out that the moderate and wise position of the Holy See on many international issues is consistent with the position of the Russian Orthodox Church. “It is very important that Christian Churches, including our Churches, voluntarily or involuntarily, sometimes without any will, would not become participants in those complex, contradictory tendencies that are present on the world agenda today,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill stressed.
“We are trying to take a peacemaking position, including in the face of existing conflicts,” he said. “Because the Church cannot be a participant in a conflict – it can only be a peacemaking force.”