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Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue in Poland

Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, Poland, greets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Cathedral in Warsaw 16 Aug. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church made a historic visit to Poland with a message of reconciliation. (Photo: CNS/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)  

“In the name of the future of our nations we call for the respect and protection of the life of each and every human being from the moment of conception until natural death. We believe not only terrorism and armed conflict, but also abortion and euthanasia to be grave sins against life and a disgrace to contemporary civilization,” the church leaders’ message said.

While Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop Michalik said they recognized the autonomy of church and state, they encouraged cooperation to protect the family, promote education and assist the poor.

The family, based on a permanent bond between a man and woman, “is a sound foundation of all societies. As an institution founded by God, the family warrants respect and protection as it is the cradle of life, a wholesome place of development, a guarantee of social stability, and a sign of hope for society,” they said.

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