Metropolitan Kiril's meeting with the pope has fueled speculation that better relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Holy See could be on the horizon.
As the Moscow Patriarchate's external relations head, Metropolitan Kiril of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, met Pope Benedict XVI earlier this month, a demonstration was taking place in Moscow that would have pleased many in the Vatican.
Members of the Union of Orthodox Citizens were picketing the Moscow premiere of the film "The Da Vinci Code," based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: As Europe falls deeper into a Secular 'black hole,' Catholics and Orthodox are becoming the first Christians to realize that a house divided cannot stand. The divisions among Christians have weakened the Body of Christ, thus paving the way for the Secular abyss of relativism we see today. The time for "playing church" is over. Christians simply MUST unite to fight this common enemy, or else we will soon be conquered by it. It's time to honor Jesus last prayer for the Church, just before his passion and death. He prayed that we (Christians) may all be one, that the world might know who sent him. (John 17:20-21) In this prayer our Savior forever connected the effectiveness of evangelism with the sign of unity. Failure for Christians to overcome their differences results in disbelief for those we try to evangelize. They see our inability to overcome our own differences, and they question the legitimacy and power of "this Christ" who is supposed to draw all men unto himself. It would appear that after nearly 1,000 years of schism with the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox churches are learning that the only road to victory against Secular Relativism, just happens to go right though Rome.