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 during [...]

Letter #10, 2016: The Passion that Looms Over the Pope-Kirill Meeting

February 6, 2016, Saturday -- The Passion that Looms Over the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Cuba The "Diplomacy of Music" I just received an email bringing my attention to an article by Dr. Terry Mattingly, an Orthodox scholar and writer who edits the popular website. Here is the link. The Mattingly article quotes extensively [...]

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

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 of [...]

Time for “mutual benevolent attention”?

A view of St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow. Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill are said to be planning a meeting   By Peter Anderson At its last meeting on October 22, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church elected several individuals as bishops. One of these, Archimandrite Anthony (Sevruk), is rector [...]

A Meeting Between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill? Perhaps…

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow greets Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, Poland, at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Cathedral in Warsaw on August 16. Kirill made a historic visit to Poland with a message of reconciliation (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters). Bishop Tikhon (photo) of Yegorevsk, Russia, told the Russian news service Tass at the end of [...]

Letter #107: Christmas Eve, Pope Francis meets with Pope Benedict

It is a lovely, cool December evening in Rome, the eve of Christmas. Cold, but not bitter cold. And still clear, not raining. Pope Francis will soon celebrate the birth of Jesus, 2013 years ago, above the tomb of Peter, in the great basilica.   It is a quiet evening... a "silent" night...   The other [...]