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Pope Benedict has accepted an invitation to visit Ukraine in 2012, sources in the country have reported. But the Russian Orthodox Church has suggested the visit may not be appropriate.

The Pope dedicated his general audience today to the theme of the priestly ministry of governing (video, full text of English remarks).

Orthodox Patriarchs Bartholomew I and Kirill have held a landmark meeting in Moscow.

The Irish Times reports that Cardinal Séan Brady has withdrawn from a talk at Oxford University because his presence might provoke protests.

Rising star Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra and Goulburn has issued a major reflection on the clerical abuse crisis.

Historian Guy Walters welcomes Cardinal Walter Kasper’s announcement that the Vatican will open its archives on Pius XII within six years.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver says that those seeking to sue the Pope “have revived the notion of the Catholic Church as a Vatican-controlled monolith”.

British bloggers Mulier Fortis, Joanna Bogle and Bara Brith respond to the news that attendance at papal events in September will be strictly limited.

Headline Bistro previews the Pope’s visit to Cyprus next month.

And Deacon Greg Kandra hails the legendary Archbishop of New Orleans, Philip Hannan.

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The end of the Great Schism? Ctd

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Today’s announcement that Benedict XVI will visit Cyprus next year has prompted immediate speculation that the island will host the long-awaited first face-to-face meeting between the Pope and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch.

Why Cyprus? Because it is the venue for current high-level talks between Catholic and Orthodox theologians, because Catholic and Orthodox Cypriots enjoy good relations and because Kirill, the new Patriarch of Moscow, is responding warmly to Pope Benedict’s overtures.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm