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Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexis II believes in restoring good relations with the Roman Catholic Church
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexis II believes in restoring good relations with the Roman Catholic Church, reads the message that the Patriarch sent to Pope John Paul II with the Catholic delegation, which had earlier finished its visit to Russia. "The return of the sacred icon, brought by Your nuncios, is perceived by the Russian Orthodox Church as an act of redressing the injustice and, at the same time, as an act of good will on the part of Your Holiness. I believe that Your decision on return of the icon is the testimony to the sincere desire to overcome the difficulties between our Churches," says the message of Alexis II made public on Tuesday by Church Scientific Center at the Moscow Patriarchate "Orthodox Encyclopedia." The Patriarch emphasized that good relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, to which we in fact not in word are called by God are extremely important for the future of Europe and the whole world. Preaching the Christian values to secularized society will only be successful, when all Christians follow the Savior's commandment "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you [Jn 15:12]," believes Alexis II. According to him, "openness between Christians of different confessions suggests mutual respect, knowledge of common history and delicacy in any acts on the territory, where another Christian tradition has existed for centuries." In conclusion, the Patriarch "whole-heartedly" thanked the Pope for the "presented gift" - the return of the copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan.
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