Ecumenism Archives - Crux

  • Pope, Patriarch: ‘Cry of the earth’ and cry of the poor are one voice

    Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew released a joint statement to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1. They both say that they’re convinced there’s no sincere and enduring solution to the ongoing ecological crisis unless “the response is concerted and collective, unless the responsibility is shared and accountable, unless we give priority to solidarity and service.”

  • Russia’s Putin says he values ‘trusting and constructive dialogue’ with Vatican

    Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s visit marks the first of the Vatican’s Secretary of State to Russia in 19 years. The last to do so was Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who was in Moscow in 1999 to consecrate its Catholic cathedral. During a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Parolin said the diplomacy between the two countries “compromises various levels and covers the political spectrum and also various cultural initiatives that we pursue.”

  • Patriarch Kirill and Parolin: Russian Orthodox and Catholics united for peace

    During their meeting in Moscow, the Vatican Secretary of State, Italian, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill discussed the two churches mutual positions regarding the Ukraine crisis, which Kirill described as “close,” and also the plight of the populations living in the Middle East, including persecuted Christians.