No notice of this in the usual Russian sources, so, the zapadniki got skunked by the Blunder yet again. When will they find out that he speaks only for himself and not for HH? There’s wishful thinking on the banks of the Tiber. They really think that we’re game for a Unia. Think again. All that’s on offer is the same old thing… no thanks, we’re not going to kiss the Pope’s bum, thank you very much. When will they ever learn? That’s not said out of hatred… we are what we are, and we’re NOT Catholics, and that’s that (if they can understand that, we can line up some old-school human decency, which is better than any “False Union“).
World Youth Day 2016, set for Kraków in Poland, might be the site of a historical meeting between Pope Francisco Bergoglio and Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias. At least, that’s what Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Kraków, hopes for. The former secretary of Pope John Paul II Wojtyła extended an invitation to Patriarch Kirill during a meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, chairman of the MP Department of External Church Relations (OVTsS). According to an AFP report, Cardinal Dziwisz expressed his desire for the historical meeting to take place in Kraków during a press conference. He noted that a meeting between the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias would be more realistic and less problematic in Kraków. Given that World Youth Day is less than three years away, there’s ample time to organise such an event. The meeting would continue to improve the relations between the two bodies. There’s no word as to whether Patriarch Kirill accepted the invitation.
2 December 2013