The new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church today (January 28, 2010) urged dialogue to overcome longstanding divisions with Roman Catholics, the Washington Post reports.
Patriarch Irinej said that a 2013 anniversary important to Christians would be a "good opportunity to meet and talk." The year 2013 marks 1700 years since Roman Emperor Constantine the Great signed the Edict of Milan to establish religious tolerance for Christians.
Serbia's patriarch has suggested that the ceremony to mark the anniversary could be held in the Serbian city of Nis, Emperor Constantine's birthplace, and include Pope Benedict XVI, as well as key Orthodox Christian leaders.
That would be the first ever visit by a pope to Serbia -- a rare European country not visited by the Roman Catholic Pope.