NEWS ANALYSIS: Pope Francis cautions Catholics not to ‘meddle’ in ecclesiological conflict between the Orthodox Church of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church.
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“The Russian Orthodox Church doesn’t recognize those decisions and won’t fulfill them,” Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev said in Belarus after a meeting of the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The 14th plenary session of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches was held Sept. 15-22.
The new anti-evangelism law carries fines up to $780 for an individual and $15,500 for an organization. Foreign visitors who violate the law face deportation.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The historic council ended Sunday, leaving more questions than answers.
The March 5 meeting in Rome eased concerns that the Vatican might subordinate the interests of the UGCC, to the cause of improving relations with the Russian Orthodox Church.
Following their historic encounter, the Pope praised the Patriarch’s humility and deep desire for unity.
Russian President Vladimir Putin understood to be meeting’s key protagonist.