A meeting between Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kirill the Archbishop of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, looks increasingly possible, a senior Russian official said last Tuesday, according to the Moscow Times. Relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches, which separated almost a thousand years ago, have warmed in recent years, making a meeting between the two men more likely, the official said. He was speaking on the eve of a two-day visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Italy, where he met Pope Benedict.
The Catholic Times
Last year the Pope met Patriarch Bartholomew, the Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople, and did not attempt to hide his feelings as they both greeted the crowds from the balcony.