Cooperation between Orthodox churches worldwide should be more dynamic as required by the current situation, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told reporters at the Istanbul airport on Friday, TASS informs.
"Of course, problems that are a challenge for churches from the pastoral point of view emerge all the time. The world is changing very rapidly. The structure of the Orthodox Church is such that none of the Churches can make decisions that would contradict another Church’s position. Therefore, we are destined to cooperate, and this cooperation should be quite dynamic," he said commenting on the results of his negotiations with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
The primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that the meeting had been held in a positive atmosphere, but its specific results would not be announced.
"That was an unofficial fraternal meeting. In a nutshell, a good meeting, the atmosphere was very good. We discussed the issues that are currently on the agenda. I hope we will continue to work together to make the world a better place. I would like to note, however, that it was a fraternal meeting, and I would rather not brief you on the details without the consent of His Holiness (Patriarch Bartholomew - TASS), although there was nothing confidential about it," he said when asked whether the possibility of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had been discussed at the meeting.
The patriarch added that "there was a conversation between the two Churches’ heads who are aware of their responsibility for the global Orthodox Christianity and the state of the human souls in those places and in those countries where we carry out our ministry."
The two patriarchs’ meeting was held in the Throne Hall in the Constantinople Patriarchate at the Phanar. Taking part in it were Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, his deputy Archpriest Nikolai Balashov and members of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.