An Oblate Reflection on Russian-Polish Reconciliation

From the 9th District Newsletter by Fr. Harry Winter, OMI

On Aug. 17, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church travelled from Moscow to Warsaw, Poland, and with the head of the Polish Catholic Bishops Conference, signed a stunning, historic and emotional statement of reconciliation. A good English translation may be found at  A page and a half explanation, with Pope Benedict’s approving comment, has been placed on the Oblate ecumenical website, along with the personal reflection by Waclaw Hryniewicz OMI, a good friend of George McLean, who helped inaugurate the Oblate Center for Mission Studies in Washington, DC on March 20, 1995.

Parishioners at St. Casimir’s in St. Paul were amazed at the photos of the Russian and Polish Church leaders pledging that they would together work for the reconciliation not only of their Churches but of their Nations, including promoting family values.

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