2019-06-06 17:05:00

Russian Catholics urge not to have illusions about possible pontiff's visit to Moscow

Moscow, June 6, Interfax - The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia urges to be realistic about a possible visit of the Pope of Rome to Moscow.

"We have joint heritage, and we can base our dialogue on it, but I would urge not to go into extremes of ungrounded, light-headed optimism. We should remain realists as far as possibility of the pope's visit to Russia and our relations with Orthodox world," general secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia Rev. Igor Kovalevsky said at a press conference in Moscow.

Thus, he commented the theme of the pontiff's visit to Russia recently raised by the Swiss Catholic News Agency in their interview with the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion.

Answering a correspondent's question, the hierarch said that the Russian Orthodox Church is not ready to accept the pope in Moscow.

Developing the topic, Rev. Kovalevsky urged to remember about Christian humility, which, according to him," most truly represents the situation and our modest opportunities."

"In fact, there are many obstacles to the Christian dialogue, very many obstacles, in spite of all achievements we are witnessing to today," the priest said.