Patriarch Kirill commented on the interaction of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican

Патриарх Кирилл прокомментировал взаимодействие РПЦ и Ватикана

The Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church in the course of interaction, remain intact in its traditions and doctrinal differences, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on Saturday for the first time will arrive with his primatial visit to France. Ahead of the visit he gave an interview to the French newspaper Le Figaro, which leads Saturday, the Patriarchal press service.

Answering the question that provoked the February meeting in Cuba between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis within the Russian Church “a nasty reaction that blocks further progress” of dialogue, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has noticed that internal criticism concerning the current cooperation with the Catholics, “as a rule, has its cause in a lack of awareness of our interaction.”

“We’re not trying to hide doctrinal differences, not pretend they are unimportant. Interacting, we will keep inviolate its traditions. After all, our task is not to change each other in dialogue and work together to change the world around us that is full of suffering and injustice that threaten the God-given dignity of the human person”, — said the Patriarch.

At the same time, he acknowledged that the history of bilateral relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church “burdened by the actions of the Uniates (Greek Catholics — ed.) suffered by many Orthodox believers, including in Ukraine.” “This issue remains on the agenda and is quite an understandable concern our members,” said the Patriarch.

Overall, he said, the current relationship with the Vatican “are in motion”, supported by “multi format” dialog, and positions on the issues that require joint efforts, “single and not require convergence”.

“We are ready to work together to resist the destruction of traditional family values, the attempts of imposing militant secularism that threatens the identity of Christians. Never Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church are not indifferent to the fate of Christians of all faiths fleeing persecution wherever it occurred. There are many other areas for common actions”, — said Kirill.