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Saturday, June 04, 2011

The only true ecumenism- between East and West

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Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev in his studyImage via Wikipediakathweb Nachrichten .:. Katholische Presseagentur Österreich

The chairman of the German Bishops Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, and the head of External Church Relations Office of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion have met during the Lutheran Church Conference. At the 90-minute meeting on Friday evening, both sides called for greater theological exchange, said the German Bishops' Conference. For this, greater opportunities for mutual study visits should be taken up.

In many areas, there is a consensus, "which one must make visible," confirmed Zollitsch and Hilarion. Both refer to the common positions of their churches on bioethical and moral issues and the fight against the increasingly strong secularism, but also against any form of persecution of Christians. The Russian Orthodox Metropolitan of Germany and Archbishop of Berlin, Feofan took part in the meeting. The representatives of the Patriarchate thanked, as was later reported, the Catholic Church in Germany for the "generous willingness to allow church buildings to be used by Russian Orthodox Christians."

How long can a meeting be delayed between the Pope and the Moscow Patriarch.
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