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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Komorowski: Reconciliation can be achieved by discussion

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Reconciliation can be achieved by discussion which will refer to basic values like freedom, responsibility, neighbourly love and forgiveness, President Bronislaw Komorowski said Thursday during a meeting with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill I.

The Polish president expressed the satisfaction over the fact that Patriarch Kirill's visit to Poland will produce a joint message of the Catholic Church in Poland and Russian Orthodox Church to Polish and Russian nations.

"This message opens up a new chapter in relations between the churches being a tangible sign of reconciliation. We hope that this act will become an important step on the way to rapprochement and intensive dialogue also between Polish and Russian nations, the dialogue resting on truth, mutual trust and understanding andgoodwill", the president said.

The president also expressed the hope that this message will reach the broadest circles of both churches' faithful and will become an important source of reflection for both nations. "We should follow this road for the benefit of our countries, the world which, being still so divided, needs examples of forgiving the wrongs and building brotherhood," Komorowski added.

Churches may contribute to Polish-Russian reconciliation and lead our nations to overcoming prejudices and stereotypes, President Bronislaw Komorowski said.

The Polish president expressed gratitude for "gestures and actions underlining the community of suffering of both nations during the Stalinist night (terror-PAP)". "Among other things we are grateful for consecrating by Your Holiness of the Orthodox Church at the entrance to the Katyn cemetery where in neighbouring graves thousands of murdered Polish officers, POWs and thousands of Russian victims of Stalinist terror are buried", the president told the patriarch.(PAP)

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