Sandro Magister reports that Ukraine Plays Referee Between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow . He writes that

the relationships between the Church of Rome and the larger part of the Orthodoxy, that is the Church of Russia, have definitely improved. Both agree in addressing together the major priority for Christians in Europe today: a new evangelization of all of those who are far from faith.

At a practical stage though, there is still an obstacle that stands between Rome and Moscow . . . . This obstacle is Ukraine.

Magister explains the history that has made Ukraine an obstacle to reconciliation — rooted in history as much as in theology — and the present prospects for greater reconciliation.

For more on this, see George Weigel’s Storm Clouds in Ukraine .

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