Speaking at the annual meeting of the Communion and Liberation Movement in Rimini, Italy, the head of the Belarussian Orthodox Church said yesterday (August 24, 2010) that "the time is ripe for a meeting" between Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
"It might even be possible in 2011; in principal I see no obstacles," said Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, according to the Catholic Culture website.
He added, "We have been in dialogue with the Catholic Church for some time, at times with moments of exhilaration, at others with a fall in tensions. Now we are in a moment of stability, but between us, we, the parties, are open to dialogue. I hope this atmosphere will continue."