Orthodox flock of Rome: hopes are high for the new Pope

Milena Faustova 17/3/13 The Russian Orthodox parish in Rome has high hopes for cooperation and dialogue with the new Pope Francis, Father Antoni Sevruk, rector of the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr in Rome, told the Voice of Russia. The Saint Catherine Church at the Russian Embassy is a ten-minute walk from the Holy ...

Did the Pope quit to dodge blame for misdeeds or just to do the right thing?

Igor Ogorodnev, RT 24/2/13 The latest allegation that a gay priest blackmail scandal was the reason for Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation shows that his sudden decision will be queried long after his departure, perhaps robbing him of his greatest achievement while in office. Italian newspaper La Repubblica has reported that the Pope was overwhelmed when presented with evidence ...

The imperial papacy

Gwynne Dyer - 16/2/13 IT’S the ROMAN Catholic Church, not the Republican Catholic Church or the People’s Revolutionary Socialist Democratic Catholic Church. Its rigid hierarchy and its centralising instincts are almost entirely due to the fact that it became the state religion of the Roman Empire over sixteen hundred years ago. And the pope is still, ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk comments on reports about Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement

On February 11, 2013, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, made comments to ITAR-TASS news agency concerning that coming reports about the retirement of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI. Reports about the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI have proved to be ...

Pope resigns – implications for Russian Orthodox Church

12/2/13 The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Benedict XVI is to resign, stunning 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. VoR looks into what implications this will have for the negotiations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. Relations have been tense for nearly 1,000 years between the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity since ...

Benedict XVI meets with Oriental Orthodox Church leaders

27/1/13 January 25, 2012. (Romereports.com) Benedict XVI received the leaders from several Oriental Orthodox Churches on the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, to discuss the progress of talks between them to reach full communion. During the meeting, the Pope cited the communion and communication between all Christian Churches in the first five centuries ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Pope Benedict XVI

On 16 October 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican after the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, at which the DECR chairman delivered greetings. Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed best wishes to Pope Benedict XVI from ...

Pope Benedict XVI agrees with Russian Church on Pussy Riot

Moscow, October 17, Interfax - Pope Benedict XVI agrees with the Moscow Patriarchate's evaluation of the stunt carried out by the punk group Pussy Riot in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The issue was addressed in the meeting between Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, with the ...

Armenian Catholicos receives the Vatican official

16/7/2012 ETCHMIADZIN. – The Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II on Monday received Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Roman Curia of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholicos welcomed the Cardinal’s visit to Armenia and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, and recorded that ties between the Armenian Apostolic ...

Pope Benedict XVI offers prayers for Coptic Pope Shenouda III

18/3/2012 APF Vatican's Pope Benedict XVI expresses solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Orthodox community, following Coptic patriarch's death on Saturday. Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers Saturday for Egypt's Coptic Pope Shenouda III who died on Saturday at the age of 88, a Vatican spokesman said. The Catholic pope expressed the desire that "the Lord welcomes this great pastor," Vatican spokesman ...

Patriarch Kirill expresses “respect, fraternal love” to Pope Benedict XVI

Moscow, September 27, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed his respect towards Pope Benedict XVI. "I am rejoicing at the opportunity to meet with you as the high representative of the Catholic Church and the Holy See in order to express my respect and fraternal love to His Holiness. I would ...

XVI International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford

10.08.2011 The XVI International Conference on Patristic Studies is being held from August 8 to 12, 2011, in the University of Oxford, Great Britain, the Bogoslov.ru portal has reported. The first Conference on Patristic Studies was held in Oxford in 1951. It was organized by Frank Leslie Cross (1900-1968), a senior Professor of Divinity in the University ...

SPC shall not invite Pope to come to Nis

Tanjug, N. Vlačo 07. 06. 2011 The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) most likely shall not invite the Pope Benedict XVI to attend the celebration of 1,700 years of the Edict of Milan in the Town of Nis in 2013 since the Synod had not agreed about that, Tanjug was told at the Patriarchy in Belgrade. As said ...

Popes Repeats the Same Mistake by Hailing Cardinal Stepinac

Cardinal Stepinac

By Speroforum 6/6/2011 Pope Benedict hails WW2-era Croatian cardinal Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, who was the cardinal of Croatia during the Second World War, has been criticized for supposed good relations with Nazi occupiers. During his June 5 visit to Croatia, Pope Benedict XVI travelled to Zagreb's Cathedral, which is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and ...

Russian Orthodox Church welcomes Medvedev’s meeting with Benedict XVI

Moscow, February 17, Interfax - A representative of the Moscow Patriarchate welcomed the Thursday meeting of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with Pope of Rome Benedict XVI. "The meeting of the Russian president and the pontiff was a meeting of the two chiefs of state dedicated to interstate and international cooperation issues. Yet, we are satisfied with ...

Russian Orthodox Church welcomes strengthening relations between Moscow, Vatican

Moscow, February 14, Interfax - The upcoming meeting of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Pope of Rome Benedict XVI will promote the dialog between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church, acting secretary of the External Church Relations Department Priest Dmitry Sizonenko told Interfax-Religion on Monday. "Full-value diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Holy ...

Patriarch Daniel: Pope Benedict XVI’s possible visit to Romania must be thoroughly Prepared

16-12-2010 The Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR)'s Patriarch Daniel believes that a possible visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Romania must be prepared thoroughly, so that it represents a joint proof in the defense and promotion of Christian values in contemporary Europe, the Romanian Patriarchy's Press Office and the Inter-religious Relations Sector informed on Wednesday in a ...

His Holiness Karekin II extends condolences to Pope Benedict XVI

2/11/2010 His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, sent a letter of condolence to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for innocent victims of the terrorist attack on the Syriac Catholic cathedral in Baghdad committed on November one. According to the Information Services of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the letter, in ...

Catholic festivities not best occasion for Pope’s visit to Ukraine – Moscow Patriarchate

Moscow, May 26, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has made it understood that the possible visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Ukraine to mark 600th anniversary since the capital city of the Catholic metropolitans was transferred from Galich to Lvov, will not benefit relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican. "The celebration of the ...

Meeting of pope, Russian Patriarch increasingly possible, Official Says

19/5/2010 By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While a meeting between Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Benedict XVI has not been scheduled, the head of ecumenical relations for the Russian church hinted that the possibility of such a meeting is greater than ever. Metropolitian Hilarion of Volokolamsk, president of the Moscow Patriarchate's ...