Rome, Mar. 2, 2007 (AsiaNews) - A ranking prelate of the Russian Orthodox Church might accompany Russian President Vladimir Putin when he meets with Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) on March 13, the AsiaNews service reports.

In an interview with AsiaNews, the Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion of Vienna said that Metropolitan Kirill might be a member of Putin’s delegation on the visit to Rome. Metropolitan Kirill is the chief ecumenical-affairs officer for the Moscow patriarchate.

Preparations for the meeting between the Pope and President Putin have revived discussions about the prospects for a meeting between the Pontiff and Russian Patriarch Alexei II. In the past, Putin has said that he hopes to act as a catalyst for talks between Rome and Moscow.

In his AsiaNews interview Bishop Hilarion said that relations between the Holy See and the Moscow patriarchate have been improving steadily in recent months.

Via CWNews.com


Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica