OCP News Service – 2/6/18
Vatican: Pope Francis received a Russian Orthodox Church delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion. During the meeting the Roman Pontiff stated that the path of Uniatism is not the path to walk today, and reiterated his belief that ecumenism, which is achieved by walking together, which is the path towards Christian unity.
The Roman Catholic Church was in communion with the Orthodox Church until the great schism. It is one of the five ancient Orthodox Patriarchates of the Christian world, but sadly fall out of communion from rest of the sister Orthodox Patriarchates over a number of key theological and historical reasons. Orthodox Churches consider Pope as the Bishop of Rome and respect him with Primacy of honor (this can be only cannonically valid once the Roman Catholic Church return back to the original Orthodox communion) but completely reject all additional teaching of Roman Church, including Papal infallibility.
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