|Italy||PATRIARCH SAYS `OPEN WOUNDS' HURTING CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX RELATIONS|
Major obstacles remain to fully mended Catholic-Orthodox relations, Moscow's Russian Orthodox patriarch said. |
In an interview last week with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Patriarch Alexei II cited Catholic "persecution" and proselytising of Orthodox as the main problems facing the two churches and the possibility of a visit to Russia by Pope John Paul II, a trip the pontiff has long hoped to make.
Calling the outstanding obstacles in relations "open wounds," the patriarch appealed for an end to the "persecution of Orthodox Christians by Greek Catholics in western Ukraine and the work of proselytism carried out by Catholic Church structures among the traditionally Orthodox population of the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church."