Loading
Pope will not attend religious summit in Russia
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Pope Benedict XVI will not attend the international three-day summit of religious leaders that opens in Moscow in early July because he was not invited, reported MosNews.

Metropolitan Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s foreign relations department, explained that the Russian Church did not want to hold two landmark events - the international interfaith summit and the long-expected meeting between the heads of the two churches- simultaneously, reported the news agency.

He said, however, that Pope Benedict XVI expressed his support for the summit.

The summit, an initiative of the Moscow Patriarchy, seeks to bring together religious leaders representing Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism to discuss how world religions could help give a moral response to the challenges the world is facing. The leaders are expected to draw up a final statement to present to a meeting of the G8 in July in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Catholic representatives expected to attend include Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the pontifical councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue; Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; and Bishop Joseph Werth of the Transfiguration Diocese in eastern Russia.

Tensions between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches were exacerbated in February 2002, when the Orthodox Church accused the Vatican of a modern Catholic invasion of Russia after it created four new dioceses. The Vatican, however, has said it is merely restoring church structures that existed before Soviet communism. 

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
21

Liturgical Calendar

November 21, 2014

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 19:45-48

Gospel
Date
11/21/14
11/20/14
11/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Rev 10: 8-11
Gospel:: Lk 19: 45-48

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/21/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 19:45-48

Homily
Date
11/21/14
11/20/14
11/19/14