Relations between Catholics and Orthodox have been improving since the Second Vatican Council through mutual visits, acts of friendship and theological dialogue.
Under Benedict XVI, the dialogue picked up in earnest after a lull. In trying to promote it, the pope suggested ways to express the primacy of Peter's successor that could be acceptable to the Orthodox, finding his inspiration from the undivided Church of the first millennium.
Cathcon- most excellent news- and real ecumenical movement under the new Pope. Who will the Russians be sending? They have already said that an early meeting is not on the cards- it won't be in Moscow or Rome. The Pope has good links to Ukrainian Catholics and presides over their Ordinariate in Argentina.
Pope Benedict laid aside the title of Patriarch of the West, a move with which the Russian Orthodox disapproved.
Oh that the Catholic Church since the Vatican Council had guarded Her liturgies as well as the Orthodox have done for centuries!