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December 2, 2009

From Russia With Love: Patriarch Kyril Publishes Pope Benedict's Speeches

This is a hopeful sign! I'm not sure exactly what it portends, but it's cause for hope.

Evidence of "possible cooperation" between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church continues between Rome and Moscow. And the playing filed on which they meet remains the struggle for the affirmation of the Christian roots of Europe "threatened by secularism.

The latest episode that gives hope for a real climate of greater proximity between the two Churches, is the presentation (today in Rome) of
"Europe Spiritual Homeland", a bilingual volume in Italian and Russian collecting the speeches that Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI
dedicated to Europe over the past decade. The novel aspect is that for the first time the publisher of the book is the patriarch of Moscow. The introduction to the volume is by the Chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk. The editorial initiative was taken by the Department of External Relations of the Patriarchate in cooperation with the International Association "Sofia".

The publication takes place on the eve of the visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the Vatican where he will meet the Pope.
The leader of the Kremlin will arrive December 3 in Italy on the occasion of bilateral Summits of Heads of State and Government of both countries.
In diplomatic circles linked to the Vatican, for the past few months there have been rumours that Russia will open an embassy to the Holy See.
A few months ago, Medvedev himself had mentioned, to the Italian press, this possibility. . . . (continue reading)


  1. Hmmm...could the Consecration be far off? Seems Our Lady is moving things in that direction.

  2. One thing that I might note is that one of the alleged visionaries from Garabandal predicted that the Pope would visit Russia and that as soon as he returned to the Vatican communism would return to Russia and Russia would invade Europe and eventually even take control of the Vatican. I know Garabandal is not approved but it is also not condemned. It was a pretty bold prediction to make during the 60's when the cold War was going strong. Perhaps we should take a closer look at Garabandal.