Thursday, July 06, 2006

Bearing witness together

Patriarch Alexy calls Roman Catholic Church to cooperation

Moscow, July 6, Interfax - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia has once again stated the need for Orthodox-Catholic cooperation.

‘I would like to emphasize once again that Orthodox-Catholic cooperation is especially needed today when our two Church are expected to bear common witness to Christian values and to meet challenges brought about the modern world’, the patriarch said during his meeting with Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, president emeritus of the Pontifical Councils For the Justice and Peace and Cor Unum, in Moscow.

The cardinal attended the World Summit of Religious Leaders as member of the Roman Catholic delegation.

Having expressed his agreement with Alexy II’s position, Cardinal Etchegaray pointed to the importance of contacts between representatives of Christian Churches and world religions and their dialogue with secular society and political circles, the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate has reported on Thursday.

‘A know that once on the top of power, politicians feel very lonely, even if they have been elected in a democratic procedure’, the cardinal said.

Pretty average stuff. Nothing earth-shattering. The quote from the cardinal is interesting though. Leaders are alone. I wonder though what kings back in olden days thought about being alone when they considered themselves the instruments of God in ruling their kingdoms.

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