Catholic theologian urges closer ties with Russian Orthodox

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15 Feb 2017 – By Jonathan Luxmoore OXFORD, England (CNS) — A prominent Catholic ecumenist has urged a better understanding of the Russian Orthodox Church. “Those suspicious of the Russian Orthodox stance should go and see what’s happening,” said Barbara Hallensleben, a consultor with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Of course, nationalist […]

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Letter #53, 2016: Rome to Russia

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August 29, 2016, Monday — Rome-Moscow Exchange Intensifies “May the Holy Mother of God, our common heavenly Mother, keep all of us and cover us from all evil.’” —Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, head of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, speaking to a dozen visitors from Rome, his guests for […]

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“Building Bridges to Build Peace”: On the Pope’s 2015 Visit to America

23/09/2015 Washington, United States of America. Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America. Welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis at the South Lawn of the White House.

“Building bridges to build peace” is the main theme of the book The American Pope (Vatican Press, 2016), a collection of speeches, in Italian and English, made by Pope Francis during his 2015 apostolic journey to Cuba, the U.S. and the U.N., together with analysis by journalists Lara Jakes, Paolo Messa and Massimo Milone. The […]

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After 1,000 Years, the Pope and the Patriarch Meet

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow sign a joint declaration during a meeting at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. Standing in front of Cuba's flag is Cuban President Raul Castro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PATRIARCH-CUBA Feb. 12, 2016.

There is no doubt that the meeting between the Catholic Pope Francis and Kirill, Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’ was, in every estimation, historic: the first face-to-face encounter of its kind since the Great Schism separated Catholicism and Orthodoxy in 1054. The meeting — and the “Joint Declaration” document that resulted — […]

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Francis in Cuba and the United States

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Pope Francis’ September 2015 trip started in Cuba and then took him to Washington, New York and Philadelphia in the United States. It generated enormous media coverage. For days, the Pope was “in the news” in an extraordinary way. Now Gilberto Marengo has analyzed this trip in Pope Francis Meets the New World (Vatican Publishing […]

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Letter #13, 2016: The Kiss That Took A Thousand Years

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February 12, 2016, Friday — The Kiss That Took A Thousand Years The Kiss That Took A Thousand Years HAVANA, Cuba — Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill kissed each other and sat down together Friday for the first meeting between two branches of the Church divided since 1054 A.D. — almost 1,000 years […]

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Letter #12: The Common Declaration

February 12, 2016, Friday — Today’s Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba The Middle East — “We call upon the international community to act urgently in order to prevent the further expulsion of Christians from the Middle East.”—Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Common statement, issued today in Cuba, just a few […]

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Letter #11, 2016: Today’s Meeting

February 12, 2016, Friday — Today’s Meeting Between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba The Day’s Schedule Here is the schedule for the meeting today between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Friday, 12 February 2016 7:45 a.m. Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport for Havana (Cuba) Greeting to journalists […]

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Letter #9: More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Cuba

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February 5, 2016, Friday — More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Havana, Cuba, on February 12 “Thus, in full awareness and at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome that Peter bathed with his blood, the current successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstruction […]

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Letter #8, 2016: The Pope and Kirill Will Meet in Cuba

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February 5, 2016, Friday — Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill Will Meet in Cuba on February 12, 2016. IMPORTANT PRESS COMMUNIQUE FROM THE VATICAN Joint Press Release of the Holy See and of the Patriarchate of Moscow The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, […]

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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13). 1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy […]

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Francis and Kirill

On February 12, 2016, Pope Francis met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at the airport in Havana, Cuba. It was the first time a Roman Pope has ever met a Russian Orthodox Patriarch. What now? “In the contemporary world, which is both multiform yet united by a shared destiny, Catholics and Orthodox are called to […]

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Letter #7, 2016: A Pope-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in… Cuba?

January 26, 2016, Tuesday — Will Pope Francis Meet Kirill in… Cuba? “Everyone knows that he is the Pope of surprises. If he wants to make a change to his schedule, he will certainly do so.” —Captain Domenico Giani, head of the Vatican’s security force, after visiting Mexico recently to prepare the Pope’s February 12-18 […]

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Reflections on the Papal Visit to Cuba and the United States

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today’s Audience will be in two places: here in the Square and also in Paul VI Hall, where many sick are, who are following the Audience on a large screen. As the weather is not very good, we decided they should be there covered and more tranquil. Let us […]

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Benedict Meets Fidel

POPE MEETS WITH CUBA'S FORMER PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO

“Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act… to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. Human freedom… attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude… The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of […]

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