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Pope of Rome advocated the unity of Russian Orthodox Church
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The Catholic Church is supportive of the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church, according to the Pope of Rome Francis, who met with the Russian Orthodox Church delegation on May 31 in Vatican, IA Interfax reports.
Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church came to Rome in order to discuss questions of the church pilgrimage during Russian-Italian forum dialogue conducted through the civil societies.
The Pope of Rome is sure that the Catholic Church does not have a right to interfere into the affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church including political reasons. “We would never allow this. I do not want this. Russia has the only Patriarchate. It is yours. And we would not have the other one,” The Pope of Rome said.
Pope of Rome called Uniatism methods in relations between the Orthodox and Catholic Christians inadmissible. In his words, the only possible method is a fraternal dialogue of confessions.
Note that last month Pyotr Poroshenko requested Patriarch of Constantinople to establish local Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the country. Russian Orthodox Church is sure that another attempt of Kiev to set up Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as all the previous ones, would fail.
Earlier Patriarch Bartholomew has repeatedly claimed that the only canonic head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine is Metropolitan Onufry – the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.