Grass roots ecumenism in Ukraine

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , |

Bishop Marian Buczek of the Latin-Rite Diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine has reported that relations with the Russian Orthodox are becoming increasingly warm. He spoke of the appointment of Patriarch Kirill as good news for ecumenism despite the hard-line stance the patriarch has publicly taken since his election.

Bishop Buczek said, “Patriarch Kirill knows the Roman Catholic Church very well, he met Pope John  Paul II and also met Pope Benedict XVI while chair of the Russian  Orthodox Church’s Department for External Relation.” He added: “The relationship between the two churches is getting warmer and warmer.”

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