December 9, 2009

Orthodox and Catholics To Oppose World Atheism

Patriarch Kirill Believes Orthodox and Catholics Should Jointly Oppose World Atheism

Moscow, 4 December 2009, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia stresses the importance of Orthodox-Catholic dialogue in opposing the challenges of atheistic society.

"Today we're facing the challenges of secularism. We need to respond to the challenges together based on historical experience," Patriarch Kirill said at his Thursday meeting with a delegation of the Roman Catholic Church in France at Moscow patriarchal residence in Chisty Pereulok.

Welcoming the guests, the Patriarch emphasized the importance of the dialogue with the Catholic Church, but noted that relations among Christians were complicated with numerous problems arisen recently, including the crisis in the modern ecumenical movement.

"Therefore Churches working in apostolic tradition are called to close interaction," Patriarch Kirill said.