Bishop Of Babruysk: Meeting Of Patriarch And Pope May Start Theological Rapprochement


While commenting on the meeting of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Pope Francis on 12 February in Havana, the Bishop of Babruysk and Bykhau Serafim calls it an urgent one, because despite the fact that it had been prepared for a long time, it was hastened “due to the urgent geoploitical situation”, becuase “the world had almost lost a firm gorund beneath it”.

While emphasizing that the meeting was a “fraternal” one, His Eminence Serafim proposes to analyze its results through the scope of idea that “even a centuries-old barriers are not impenetrable if there is a good will and a friendly dialog”. According to Bishop Serafim, the most important problem is not presened by theological differences but the question “how to draw the attention of the international community to the geopolitical situation and to avert the third world war”, – he explains on the Pravmir portal.

“It is very importatn that the Primates discussed the topics of Christian persecution in the Middle East, religious situation in Ukraine, joint witness of moral values to a war-torn world. This fact makes the manifest of two Christian leaders more spiritual than a political one”, – the bishop says, while admmitting that the first and for now the only meeting won’t solve all problems but will “give the Churches a new start for rapprochement, including a theological one”.