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Russian Orthodox Leader Woos Vatican

September 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A high-ranking Russian Orthodox leader has urged the resumption of the dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church that Moscow broke off last year when the Vatican created Catholic dioceses in Orthodox Russia.

Metropolitan Kyrill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, who is No. 2 in the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate, offered the unexpected overture this week at an interreligious meeting in the German city of Aachen.

"The time to change the present situation of difficulty between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church has arrived. Moscow is ready to negotiate," he said.

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