The Moscow Patriarchate official states again that actions of Greek-Catholics (Uniates) in Ukraine impede normal dialogue with the Catholic Church.
"The Unia is a stumbling block in the dialogue between the Russian
Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church
exercises certain restraint and even unwillingness to discuss the
question," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk told the journalists commenting the
results of his recent meeting with Pope Francis and the session of the
Orthodox-Catholic Commission for Theological Dialogue.
He stressed that it was impossible to avoid the question, "as Uniates
loudly and violently remind of their existence almost every day."
The hierarch was positive about his meeting with the pontiff saying that
he conveyed him a particle of St. Seraphim relics as a gift from
Metropolitan Hilarion pointed out that historic meeting between
Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis held in Havana this February "opened
new prospects in relations with the Roman Catholic Church."
Earlier, the Russian Church more that once accused Ukrainian Greek
Catholics of anti-Russian rhetorics, also saying they were extremely