Pray the Russians Go Along

B16 sent a message to Patriarch Bartholomew ("first among equals" of the Orthodox) pressing for ecumenical talks with the Orthodox, which broke off in 2001. Bartholomew, from past statements, I almost think would unify with Rome right now if he could. Some of his uniate churches are not at all on board, however. For some reason the Russians seem warm to B16 where they were downright rude to JPG. Maybe JPG will mastermind from heaven what he could not accomplish here. . . .Oremus.